I worked in my front yard! This is taboo, according to my HOA, but I WILL NOT have ivy growing under my siding!
In my fantasy world where I am fully allowed to do what I want in the front I’d rip out all the ivy. I’d put a super comfy “morning reading with a cup of tea” chair and side table to the left of the front door. It gets great sun in the morning and would be delightful to sit there. But, that would be a bit TOO obvious under the HOA circumstances.
So, I am content with my bit of ripped out ivy and newly added chocolate mint, provincial lavender, and peppermint. I figure the mint will grow like a weed, leaving little room for any ivy I can’t purge from filling in. I plan on using the mint in ice cream, sorbet, iced tea, and whatever else strikes my fancy. The lavender is for upcoming local wool dryer balls to compliment my line of “Sonoma Maid” cleaning products. Right now it’s just the Laundry Soap. After local lavender and wool dryer balls I’ll be making “Sonoma County White Wine Vinegar”. Super excited!
Back to gardening… the lavender will also attract happy insects like bees and butterflies. I plan on ripping out more ivy from my front yard every week as my little trash can can accommodate it. In will go more mint and lavender. I need to research some more good herbs for spreading out, looking good, and tasting good. Something low maintenance/low water. There is a drip system, but it seems to do very little. That dirt is crappy and hard, much like the dirt in my back yard was when we moved in.
Any suggestions on good plants for the front? Any fabulous foodie thing you are growing?