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We have a split entry home. I'll try to post a picture. It means that we have an overhang at the front. What could I put beneath this to make it look nice? Nothing, not even grass, seems to grow there.
I'll try again
It's a winter picture but at least you can see the overhang I'm talking about
Are you talking about underneath the windows?? And how far out does it go?
I would take pictures and bring them to your local nursery (not a home depot/lowes). They should be able to give you ideas of what would look well there once you tell them the type of soil, the amount of sun and the "look" you want.
Perhaps some type of ground cover would grow well in that area which is obviously shaded? Some ground covers can grow to 24" height, plus they are low maintenance and very attractive as well. There are some that are flowering and some that are just greenery.
Hosta's and ferns are shadelovers. Hosta's are so easy to. YOu can't hardly kill them and they get really big.
I have a hosta, that a previous resident of the house planted, in a sunny spot and it survives every year! The leaf tips get a little burned in the sun, but it is huge and blooms every year! They are pretty foolproof.
Ditto Colette, take some measurements too when you go...
This is how we did our landscaping. I had to go to 3 diff places before I found someone that came up with a plan that I liked alot. We then took those plans and did the landscaping ourselves, at our own pace. We were obligated to buy our plants there at that nursery- since they came up with a plan for free for us. Which I had no prob with because I LOVE that nursery. One yr we did the landscaping in front, the next yr we planted trees in front, the next yr we planted trees in back, etc... We still have alot of areas I want to landscape eventually and I want a few more trees. But we just do it as we have time and money.
A lot of nurseries will come out to your house and give you some ideas or even draw up a plan. Some will do it for "free" but your expected to buy the plants from them and other's will come out for a small fee - I've seen it between $20-$30.
What about these? I have them all over my flower beds they come bac kevery year grow in all conditions and they come in solid green and green and white. Plus they bloom beautiful purple flowers a few times a year.
Tonya, that is the hostas we were talking about. They come in a solid color also. They can get really big. I love them.
Here's my hosta! It almost doesn't fit between the bushes anymore! LOL! About 2 weeks ago, the spikes were just poking out of the ground. It grows soooo fast!
Thank you ladies for the suggestions.
Karen-yes, I mean the area under the windows. I would say they jut out about 2-3 feet
I will look in to taking some pictures to the local nursery.
I think I'd look for a ground cover that thrives in shade. Low maintenance, looks pretty, etc.