I'm a new homeowner (and thus new to gardening) that has a narrow strip of lawn at the front entrance of the home that's just screaming for some flowers. The area is just a hair over 4 feet wide but it's very very long (about 12 feet on one side of the walkway & close to 20 feet on the other). Its situated directly in front of several evergreen bushes that are underneath my raised front porch (see below for a pic of the front entrance from the street). I know that 4 feet isnt an optimal width for a GREAT garden, but I really don't want to have to put more work into widening the area. Ive already spent the better part of the growing season just "preparing" the bed & amending the soil and now I'm eager to get started.....but I'm having problems deciding what to plant. Ideally, I want something that doesnt grow too wide or too tall (seeing as I have the evergreens in the background).
I "experimented" a little bit with the area before I amended the soil, so I have a couple of plants that I took out of the ground and put into pots. I had to give most of them away because their dimensions didnt mesh with the area but I'm holding on to the ones I really like.....I have Magnus coneflowers, Becky shasta daisies, Orange pixie lilies (LOVE these) and what I think might be Stargazer lilies that I purchased just a couple weeks ago. I'm seriously thing about a lily garden because Ive found that really, really, really like this flower. Ive been doing some internet searches on 'Lilium" but there are so many different varieties with different bloom times and different heights and different colors that my head is spinning from the research. Any suggestions on which varieties I should choose from that are not tall-growers? What about combinations of cultivators for an extended bloom season? What are some good compliment plants for the shorter lily varieties? Whew, I didnt mean to ramble on like this (sorry). Back to the subject......If someone could offer some suggestions that would be GREAT!!! Thanks
p.s. this pic was taken by the local county auditor YEARS ago so the flowers, vines & shrubs that are shown have long since died and are gone now. The only plants that are still standing are the evergreen bushes on each side of the porch steps & the big bush in the corner, which is much talller now (it reaches the gutters)..................)