Curb Appeal for Driveway

Hi. Our gravel driveway is about 70' long and I am looking for suggestions/ideas on how best to landscape it down each side. I haven't started anything yet but, in my head, I got as far as 'landscape timbers down each side'. (boring...I know) I'm hoping to plant something in planters (maybe...nothing that would be high-maintenance). We are Zone 6 and the driveway is pretty much a full-sun area.
Thank You in advance for your help!! I appreciate it!

PS: The pic below is of the driveway when we first moved in. The trees on the right have been removed.
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  • Tinyshoes Tinyshoes on Apr 06, 2018
    Just a simple monkey grass would be nice. It multiplies over the years so you thin.
    • Hope Hope on Apr 07, 2018
      Thanks for the suggestion! I looked at some pics of Monkey Grass and think the clumping variety would look pretty nice as a border. I can't believe how many choices there are in Monkey Grass. : )
  • Inetia Inetia on Apr 06, 2018
    Photo idea.
  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Apr 06, 2018
    What about low growing shrubs?
    • Hope Hope on Apr 09, 2018
      Hi Cynthia. Thanks very much for the suggestion! I actually did plant some small evergreen shrubs down the left side of the driveway a couple of years ago but, they aren't really growing very fast at all so, I am thinking about digging them up and re-homing them somewhere else on the property. (maybe in a grouping instead of stand-alone)
  • Amy Ogden-Paparone Amy Ogden-Paparone on Apr 06, 2018
    Love that driveway! If that were mine, i'd edge it with Hosta plants! They take little to no maintenance at all, come back every year and flower too! Something like this. And you can dig them up and split them in half to plant in other areas if you want.
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    • Julie  McCuiston Julie McCuiston on Apr 09, 2018
      Love this idea!
  • DD DD on Apr 06, 2018
    'Angelina' stonecrop ( Sedum rupestre 'Angelina', Zones 6-9), 6 in.
    'Blue Ice' bluestar ( Amsonia 'Blue Ice', Z 4-9), 14 in.
    'Blue Star' false aster ( Kalimeris incisa 'Blue Star', Z 5-9), 15 in.
    'Caradonna' sage ( Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna', Z 5-9), 24 in.
    Catmints ( Nepeta × faassenii cvs., Z 4-8), 12-24 in.
    Clump verbena ( Verbena 'Homestead Purple', Z 6-9), 10 in.
    Dwarf cardinal flower ( Lobelia × speciosa 'Grape Knee-High', Z 5-8), 22 in.
    Dwarf fountain grass ( Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln', Z 6-9), 24 in.
    Dwarf willow-leaved sunflower ( Helianthus salicifolius 'Low Down', Z 6-9), 12 in.
    'Fanfare' blanket flower ( Gaillardia × grandiflora 'Fanfare', Z 3-8), 10 in.
    'Fire Witch' pink ( Dianthus 'Fire Witch', syn. D. 'Feuerhexe', Z 3-10), 6 in.
    'Golden Fleece' goldenrod ( Solidago sphacelata 'Golden Fleece', Z 5-9), 18 in.
    Japanese onion ( Allium thunbergii 'Ozawa', Z 4-8), 9-12 in.
    'Kim's Knee High' purple coneflower ( Echinacea purpurea 'Kim's Knee High', Z 3-9), 18 in.
    Lambs' ears ( Stachys byzantina and cvs., Z 4-8), 12-18 in.
    'Lucerne' blue-eyed grass ( Sisyrinchium angustifolium 'Lucerne', Z 3-8), 12 in.
    Plumbago ( Ceratostigma plumbaginoides , Z 5-9), 18 in.
    Prairie poppy mallow ( Callirhoe involucrata , Z 4-9), 12 in.
    'Purple Dome' aster ( Aster novae-angliae 'Purple Dome', Z 4-8), 18 in.
    'Snowcap' Shasta daisy ( Leucanthemum × superbum 'Snowcap', Z 5-8), 15 in.
    'Stephanie Returns' daylily ( Hemerocallis 'Stephanie Returns', Z 3-8), 18 in.
    Stokes' asters ( Stokesia laevis and cvs., Z 5-9), 12-24 in.
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    • DD DD on Apr 09, 2018
      Not an avid gardener but I love to garden. This is how I learn by other people giving me lots of suggestions that I could look for, I like mixing things in my garden different shades of color or colors that go together nicely. Or grouping for big impact. Have fun that is most important. Please send me pictures I would love to see the progress.
  • C C on Apr 07, 2018
    I'd plant the hosts along the driveway and then the tall grass outside along the fence with some hosts in front of the tall grass. Then in the spring, I would plant a few annuals mixed in with the hosts across the front fence for color. Would dress up the place for sure.
    • Hope Hope on Apr 09, 2018
      Hi Harrow. I LOVE the tall grass idea for the outside of the fence line! I totally agree that the UGLY fence could surely use some 'creative camouflage'. Thanks very much for the suggestions...I really appreciate it!
  • Hope Hope on Apr 07, 2018
    Hi Inetia...Thank you for the pics. I like the 2nd one with the large rock and hostas. (I do have a few hostas planted under some trees around the yard...)
  • Tinyshoes Tinyshoes on Apr 07, 2018
    Lots of varieties and I suppose they could be mixed but it's simple and it spreads plus can be thinned and you can fill in with what you remove. Hope you can have easy digging. Send pics after you get it matter what you choose! Happy planting!
  • Sandra N Leon Rollins Sandra N Leon Rollins on Apr 07, 2018
    Instead of planting along your driveway, have you thought of evergreen shrubs along your fence line on both sides of the gate. Then make your gate a focal point with paint and/or metal art (Star, flag, initials, etc). Solar lights would finish the look! Whoever mows your yard will thank you for not having to dodge plants along the driveway.

    • Hope Hope on Apr 09, 2018
      Hi Sandra 'n Leon. Thank You! I love the thought of using evergreens! They never lose their leaves/needles/foliage and, because of that, they make me smile in the grey gloom of winter when all of the other trees are bare-naked and COLD looking. I actually have a plan to paint the gate (dark brown to match the house) and then make and hang our street numbers across it. (I'm thinking I'll make them and hang them from the top bar (or the 2nd one down) of the center section)

      PS: I am the designated lawn mower around here and, I can't 100% honestly say that I haven't already, accidentally, murdered a couple of small bushes with the mower. : )
  • Sissy Sissy on Apr 07, 2018
    I agree hostas always look great and grow great in shade .My driveway is 300 feet long I put wired landscape lights up both sides .I bought the wired kits at lowes for 79 dollars and changed out the bulbs to led bulbs so I could get more lights on the set .I now have 30 lights going up each side of the driveway .The sets were 12 light sets and I had to buy 4 sets but it was well worth the investment .2 of the lights on the sets were spot lights .So all those and the extra transformer I used in a garden that i have my U.S flag in .
    • Hope Hope on Apr 09, 2018
      Hi Sissy. Thanks for the lighting suggestion...I hadn't even thought of adding lights down the driveway. I agree they would look great highlighting the plantings that will eventually go in but, also they will give some nice definition to the driveway at night. : )
  • Mary Mary on Apr 07, 2018
    What if you box in around each side of the gate to make it look like stone columns. Make the top open so you can have a planter and place your solar lights in the planter.
    I would definitely dress the gate it self up with a welcome sign or a wooden flag.
    Is the fence up to keep animals in tow, if so you have to be careful what you plant as it could be dangerous to animals.
    You could line the drive way before the gate with some very some very big rocks.
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    • Mary Mary on Apr 09, 2018
      You are Welcome and please send me a picture when you get it done. Would love to see how everything worked out for you.
  • Penny Penny on Apr 07, 2018
    Have you thought about putting in lilac bushes or trees, they would look lovely with the grasses etc. interspersed between them.

    • Hope Hope on Apr 09, 2018
      Hi Penmur. I love lilacs! I haven't thought about using them to line the driveway but, I think they would look (and smell) very nice...even if I used them as a grouping of some sort. I think the yellow lilacs are pretty and would look great planted with some old-fashioned purples too. : )

      Thanks so much for the suggestion!
  • Charline Charline on Apr 07, 2018
    I saw the prettiest drive lined on both sides with crape myrtle trees. The home owner planted them from 1 gallon pots. She then used posts to set in front of the trees so they would not get run over. The posts were cut in uneven lengths and placed in the ground in even spaces. Happy decorating!
    • Hope Hope on Apr 09, 2018
      Hi Charline. Thanks for telling me about the Crepe Myrtles...they are an interesting little tree. I bet that driveway is going to look absolutely smashing in a few years as they get established. (good idea on the posts so they don't get run down by a car...we're guilty of "hit-and-run" on a few shrubs that I planted because they were too small to see) My parents live in TX so, I see them everywhere when I'm down there visiting and just love their interesting shapes. I haven't seen any up here in OH (maybe they aren't cold-hardy enough..?).
  • Ro Ro on Apr 08, 2018
    line w azaleas.
    • Hope Hope on Apr 09, 2018
      Hi Ro. Thanks for suggesting Azaleas. I think they would look nice and I love that they keep their leaves in the winter. Unfortunately, I don't think they would not be a good plant for me to use because we have goats and azaleas (and rhododendrons) are deadly toxic to goats. I could possibly use them in front of the fence where the goats could not get to them.
  • Sissy Sissy on Apr 09, 2018
    To raise you lights higher I pounded in electrical conduit .I pound that into the ground
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