We have a little tiny garden at the bottom of our deck stairs that is so pathetic.
It receives almost full shade and I have floundered with what to plant there with success.
Because the deck stairs is at the corner of our house, right next to our driveway, lots of visitors come-a-callin’ past this poor little spot. Never mind that our front walk has a pretty, welcoming garden adorning it, time and again the guests come up the back steps. Each year I promise myself that I will show this garden some love, but by the time the rest of the gardens are tended to, I have run out of steam. So this year, I’m starting with this spot.
I had the big idea to make this little spot an herb garden, considering how well this chive plant does time and again. Alas, I’ve learned that most herbs require 6-8 hours of full sun a day (especially the ones I want to grow: basil, parsley, thyme and rosemary). Mint does well in shade but is invasive and grows like crazy. (Corsican mint is a mini version and is not invasive.) Strawberries grow well in shade but the birds love the red ones, and while they don’t like these funky white ones, I find them so unappealing, don’t you?
So on to plan B: color, and lots of it!