Gardening where the sidewalk ends

P is for… November 9, 2008

parking strip gardens, the ostensible focus of this blog! The other day on a walk, it was also for

pyrecantha berries,

Pyrecantha berries

pampas grass, aka feather grass, aka Cortaderia selloana, which can be invasive in some areas,

Pampas grass


Parking strip path

palm tree,

Palm and stones

planter boxes,

Parking strip planter boxes

and pebbles, massed in a flowing “river” under a stunning Japanese maple.

Stone river and Japanese maple

Can you tell I’ve been working with my 5 year old on her letters?!


10 Responses to “P is for…”

  1. fairegarden Says:

    Love all your P’s but the pebbles under the maple look wonderful.

  2. Megan Says:

    The rocks are great as a groundcover, and it looks like there’s an interesting sculptural branch, too. Usually I only like P for Plants, but that parking strip does a good job with other elements in the design.

  3. Cynthia Says:

    Isn’t it funny how our mind will think like a child when we have them around us all the time! My daughter loves this children’s DVD by They Might be Giants and on it is a song called “C” is for Conifers. Your post today made me think of that. 🙂

  4. easygardener Says:

    The berries are so bright and colourful and the palm tree garden is very attractive, as is the maple display too. The pebbles add a very nice texture.

  5. Curmudgeon Says:

    I love those berries! They are a bright spot this time of year. I did a post/rant about pampas grass a while back. I just don’t get what people are thinking when they plant them in the city. They are a 5 star rat hotel!

  6. Georgia Says:

    I enjoyed this post very much! Wondering what other Ps are out there.

    Fall/ winter berries are so brilliant, adding much needed color to a sometimes drab season. Reminds me of three hawthorns in fruit a few blocks from my apartment.

  7. Racquel Says:

    Great way to teach your daughter her ABCs! 🙂

  8. Philip Says:

    That is so great. What fun the two of you have!
    That is so heartwarming.

  9. Fern Says:

    I love the idea of putting raised beds in the strip along the street.

  10. Kathy Says:

    Lovely plantings, I love the rock. Perhaps P for palm perchance probably Y for Yucca or perhaps D for Dracanea.

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