Hello fellow Permies! Good to see you all still going from strength to strength.
I am properly racking my brains to come up with an idea of what to plant on my clients nature strip.
The strip is a 700mm wide by 20m long. It is in front of a new bright white picket fence and has a S-W aspect, on a main road in a very busy market town, in the sub-tropics, sunshine coast hinterland.On the other side of the fence are a few natives, bangalow palms and a candlenut giving shade till after 1pm in summer.
I have suggested Lavender and Elysium. Pineapple Sage and Aloe, Perennial Basil and Day Lillies, Rosemary and Society Garlic. The client said that people might grab stuff on the way back from the market,lol. He also said they can look 'straggly', which is true,they can if not maintained.
So I'm thinking they want something to wow the passers by, something 'Architectural', and reasonably low maintenance unless a showpiece i.e expensive.
The Permie in me discriminates against purely ornamental plants, as in these crazy uncertain times we need to be planting food and medicine or at least mulch plants and legumes.
So I would really appreciate some ideas from some other heads. Money is not an issue to the client so any suggestions will be full considered. Would a coconut,cacao, coffee and vanilla work maybe?!?
The winning suggestion WILL be implemented, so its a chance to shine in a very prominent position.