Think of sidewalk gardens as a public service. You’ll be making your garden more beautiful for everyone in your neighborhood (and everyone who passes through), helping the environment (more habitat for birds and insects and sidewalk gardens decrease run off), and increasing property values. This is where you use your toughest plants. Don’t be afraid to keep things simple: massed plantings are easier and always look great.
Alstromeria and shasta daisies soften a fence which is transparent to let the green of the hedges come through (above).
Daylilies and salvia.
A garden wall softened with vines and low shrubs.
Maples underplanted with blue oat grass.