So, there used to be planting beds on the East and North sides of our garage – but the pervious owners of the house filled them in with concrete. Though that prevented me from planting anything pretty – it did not prevent weeds from coming up between the cracks…
Well once we got rid of all the weeds – the patio area started to look very… concrete-y, in other words, grey and blah.
I added a window box with some of Laurie’s impatients, but it didn’t seem like enough…
I noticed that the concrete filling in the old flower beds was actually quite cracked and broken up. With a little prying with my trusty spade shovel, I discovered I could actually pull up the concrete covering the beds quite easily!
Underneath, I found rich dirt ready for planting!!
I need your help!
1) I feel like I should be able to use this concrete for something in another part of the garden, but I’m not sure how to use it… it’s a little ugly to be used for a bed border, which was my first instinct. Anyone else have any ideas? Anyone want it?
2) If I don’t find a use for it, anyone know how you’re supposed to dispose of concrete like that in the city? Can I just throw it away?
3) What uber-shade-loving plants should I plant in these beds? We don’t really need more ivy – the South side of the garage is already covered, and though lovely, I don’t feel the need to add more. I’d like something with some height – but it can’t get too bushy or it will impede the walkway… maybe some decorative grass? Any flowers ideas?