Barren 17 ×1 in need of facelift

by Robyn
(Falkland BC, Canada)

Nicotiana (annual) beloved by bees

Nicotiana (annual) beloved by bees

Nicotiana (annual) beloved by bees
Allium (perennial), Stocks (annual) Wallflowers (biennial)
Coneflower, Rudbeckia (perennial)
Lavender (perennial) bees love this plant

I live in the okanagan, of British Columbia Canada, just outside of Vernon. The area is a zone 3-5.


I would like to bring a 17×1 foot barren garden with more than half of it in the shade, back to life. I also want blooms and dynamic heights to make it eye catching but I am at a loss to think of what exactly to plant there. Any suggestions?

I am aiming to attract as many bees and hummingbirds as possible to my home.

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Lots of Choices
by: Jacki

Your garden will be fabulous with the addition of lots of smaller types of plants.

Succulents such as Jovibarba, Sempervivum and Sedum will be a good base for other flowering plants, or even pots with flowering annuals in. In the Okanagan, there is no lack of bright light and warmth, so look for plants with some drought tolerance, like the aforementioned hardy succulents.

If you're looking for lower maintenance, intersperse the plants with some driftwood or rocks so the plants will be able to find a tiny amount of moisture under then.

Other good options for drought tolerance are Lavendula, sage and other herbs. These have the added benefit of attracting butterflies, hummingbirds and bees in droves, and are easy to keep in check by regular pruning - and, you can use the bits you cut off in the kitchen.

In your original post, I've added some images of plants that you may want to look for, both perennials, and annuals/biennials.

Can't wait to see it!

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