Help with planting along foundation of house that?

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backside of house faces west, so it only gets late, hot, afternoon sun. It also seems to be the worst area for collecting the fallen leaves from trees.

it is an ugly barren area right off patio. Is there any plants that can take the hot Texas sun and still be easy to clean out the dead leaves that collect?

q help with planting along foundation of house that
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  • Caryn Campisano Rowe Caryn Campisano Rowe on Jul 26, 2018
    Have you considered a garden of flowering cacti and other succulents? They withstand the hot afternoon sun … :)

    • 33406715 33406715 on Jul 26, 2018
      No, I hadn't that of that but will consider it! How do they survive during harsh winters?

  • Blackeyedjosie Blackeyedjosie on Jul 27, 2018
    I would put in Knockout roses, they love the sun and heat in South Carolina. If you put down some river rock or other kind of mulch you may be able to use a leaf blower to get the tree leaves out.

    • 33406715 33406715 on Jul 27, 2018
      I love roses. If I placed them far enough apart, it would be easier to clean out from around them. Thank you!

  • Oliva Oliva on Jul 27, 2018

    Roses will require mulching, whereas cactus will not. Mulch tends to draw insects and artillery fungus, neither of which you want on your brick, or entering your house. Roses are under attack this year from Japanese beetles. The cactus survives quite well through zone 5, depending upon variety. You could also form a brick or concrete walkway here, and place large planted (resin) pots (on hidden casters, if you like) on the area, containing vining plants, cosmos, taller varieties zinnias, lavender, multi colored perennial sages, thymes, etc.

  • Dfm Dfm on Jul 27, 2018
    use prickly plants under your windows. most thieves will stay away. cactus, holly...

  • Kathrine Anderson Kathrine Anderson on Jul 27, 2018
    I have a Russian Sage plant on the west side of my place. It thrives in hot, dry, spaces. It grows rapidly and fills in bare spots. It has almost silver colored leaves and small purple buds almost like lavender. Not sure what your climate is but it thrives up here in MT even during the long winters. A plus is that the deer and rabbits won't eat it!

  • The Great Dane Gardener The Great Dane Gardener on Jul 27, 2018
    Hi!! Do you have a better pic? I can do a quick virtual concept for you so you can see placement.

    If not, some suggestions. It’s the back of the house so I don’t necessarily use broadleaf evergreens or evergreens in general around the foundation of the house, although some would be nice. Aesthetically it would nice.

    Ideas
    1, Dwarf Yaupon Holly
    2. Gold Mop Cypress
    3. Canna Lillie’s
    4. Mexican Bush’s Sage
    5. Russian sage
    6. Lantana
    7. Rudbeckia
    8. Pineapple Sag
    9. Rosemary
    10. Knock Out or I prefer Drift Roses pr the new At Las Rose
    11.Dwarf Crape Myrtle , Double Fortune, Pocomomke
    12. Dwarf Loropetulum, Crimson Fire, Ruby
    13. Juniper, Blue Pacific, Parsons, Blue Rug
    14. Pittosporum
    15. Illicium

  • Noneya Noneya on Jul 28, 2018

    Be very wise as to what ypu plant; deep rooting trees and other plants can root into pipes, septic tanks, and also ruin your home foundation- costing you THOUSANDS! PLUS, remember to check out toxicity of plants that are possibly poisonous to humans and animals! I would maybe do a nice simple patio or something.... maybe even realistic looking faux plants that close to the house, OR make a planter garden.

  • Cher Cher on Aug 22, 2018

    How about a rock garden with colorful globes or other garden ornaments?

    • 33406715 33406715 on Aug 30, 2018

      Winner! I love collecting rocks and I could use a blower to remove leaves as needed! I'm going rock hunting!

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Dec 17, 2020

    Check with local nursery for suggestions. I would put in a few plants, drip irrigation, and mulch. A small fence (12-18") may trap the leaves.