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I need some ideas for these spots below. The spot get full sun and grows weeds very well. I was thinking a semicircle berm with wildflowers, perennials or self seeding annuals. The berm would catch the downspout run off but the elevated plants would not rot in heavy rain . I live in western North Carolina and we get a lot of rain in the summers. The stucco wall will make it extra hot though. The fence would be perfect for a veining flower. There is also some broken cinder blocks and a pile or rocks that I could use nearby. Maybe using the rocks to boarder the outside of the berm. Any suggestions on what plants to use or design ideas would be appreciated.

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The lumber is going to the dump has been killing the grass quite nicely though.

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Michael Milligan
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All depends on what work you want to put in. You can grow anything on earth if you put the time and water in.

All my plantings have been food crops. Sunflowers, beans, peas and lots of mustard and quinoa. Squashes. I don't plan to water so I planted lots and lots.
 
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I would plant paw paws, persimmons, filberts, walnuts, and lots of berries.
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Renate Howard
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Does it need to be attractive?

Peppers and eggplant love it really hot. I think okra does as well and has attractive flowers. I'd add in some purple coneflowers just because they attract pollinators and butterflies. And milkweed to help out the monarchs (populations are plummeting!) If you like figs, it would be a good place for a fig tree - the wall would give it the heat it wants in winter, and the water would help it grow well. Aronia seems to shrug off adversity, has gorgeous flowers in spring, and the berries are better for you than blueberries and make wonderful jelly/jam. Also, hazelnuts come in some very attractive forms (check out Burnt Ridge Nursery's red ones) and are hardy.
 
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