Drought Tolerant Streetside Planting

This simple and stylish planting scheme is in a narrow streetside parking strip garden. Featured plants include Cupressus sempervirens 'Tiny Towers', Carex testacea, lavendar and a red groundcover rose. The vignette has great structure thanks to the strong upward forms of the Tiny Tower cypress and the carpet of carex.


Growing Conditions

Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10
Exposure: Afternoon Sun, Full Sun, Reflected Heat
Water Needs: Average, Drought-tolerant, Low

Design Considerations

Style: Mediterranean
Features: Drought Tolerant, Hot Vibrant Colors
Focus: Curb Appeal, Hellstrip / Parking Strip, Saving Water, Small Space
Seasons of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Three Seasons of Interest

Care and Maintenance


Maintenance Level: medium

Plants In this Combo

  • Carex testacea

    Orange Sedge

    Type: Grass / Grass-Like, Groundcover, Perennial
    Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun, Part Shade, Afternoon Sun, Morning Sun, Reflected Heat
    Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10

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  • Cupressus sempervirens 'Monshel'

    Tiny Tower Italian Cypress

    Type: Conifer, Shrub
    Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun, Afternoon Sun, Reflected Heat
    Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10

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  • Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'

    Hidcote English Lavender

    Type: Perennial
    Exposure: Full Sun, Afternoon Sun, Reflected Heat
    Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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  • Rosa x 'Noare'

    Flower Carpet Red Groundcover Rose

    Type: Groundcover, Rose, Shrub
    Exposure: Full Sun, Afternoon Sun, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun
    Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

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