Best plants for a DIY driveway makeover

LYNDA HALLINAN

Last updated14:02, April 22 2016

Trees, hedges and roses frame this rural driveway.

Jane Dove Juneau

Trees, hedges and roses frame this rural driveway.

As the weather gets cooler, and sunsetsget earlier, we invariably spend less time in the outer fringes of our gardens.

If you work long days, chances are you only see your garden as you’re driving in and out of your garage.

So why not make it an autumn project to create a better halogen heaters first impression?

Ground covers and low hedge create a classy space.

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Ground covers and low hedge create a classy space.

* Plant low hedges, rather heating than installing walls. They are less likely to be tagged with graffiti (and gardening if they are, you can prune it off).

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* Focus on the beds closest to your front door, as they’re the ones you see the most.

* Be brave with your potted colour choices in winter. Add some cheer! Or mass-plant both sides of your driveway with daffodils or freesias or sunflowers in summer.

* Sow low-growing annuals or wildflowers down the centre strip of your driveway.

* Use permeable paving, or paving stones inset into groundcovers, to reduce gardening the risk of flooding. There’s nothing more annoying than neighbours who love concrete and direct their run-off at you!

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-NZ Gardener

http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/home-property/79221248/best-plants-for-a-diy-driveway-makeover

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