Since I am unemployed right now my HOA is going to hire me to do a small landscaping job. They haven't told me yet, but one of the board members mentioned it in passing.
The areas are small, just between two walkways, and will get full sun during the day.
There are SO MANY options I could choose from, which is both great and frustrating. How to narrow it down? Here's what I think I want to do: 60% will be French lavender.
With the remaining 40% perhaps Dittany of Crete or some kind of sedum ground cover, or a both.
I want both a combination of color and texture and shape. The French lavender leaves are narrow and dark green, while the dittany is round, greyish, and fuzzy. That sounds like a nice combo to me. The sedums come in all shapes and sizes, so either a grey one or a yellow-greenish one. However, if the sedum blooms, and I think it will, I'd want it to bloom white, pink, or light purple, just not red, blue, yellow, or orange.
I have't had time to do any research yet, but I figured you'd all have some input or experience t share. So I have a couple of questions:
1.) Can anyone give me any idea as to what I should charge per hour?
2.) Does the French lavender get too stemmy or woody? And does it die back to the ground each year or does it have stems that remain through the winter? And does it get as expansive as this photo seems to indicated? This is a small area -- long and narrow, so I don't want the lavender to dominate the other plants.
Any input on sedums? I don't want this one to be sure, as I think it looks to southwest for our property:
Liatris is a great selection, but still needs water. Oak leaf hydrangea can get up to 8' by 8', probably too big for that area and it may still be too hot and dry, thoyugh oak leaf tolerate more of that than others. Ice plant is often evergreen and the purple I have is to die for...and easy from cuttings. Most of those tiny plants will get stepped on by kids and dogs wanting to walk 4-people-wide.
Thanks. I'll check these out as soon as I can.
Rosemary, a few kinds of salvia, lantana (some are perennial,esp. in between concrete walks). Lavender is great, but it will only live a few years and will need to be pruned ON time. It is unforgiving if not pruned the right way at the right time...can't be re-shaped. Vinca/periwinkle is a good one and, maybe petunias, at least until the others get larger. Some types of petunias reseed themselves yearly and others overwinter often. This year most of ours here in GA overwintered.