Here's where we're at with our verge space, about 18 months after planting:
|Verge garden (the trees down the slope|
are provided courtesy of our neighbour!)
We have gone for a mix of low plants that can be walked on by people parking in the road beside the verge, and shrubs that grow up to around a metre in height. There is a clear bark mulch path down the middle. This design factors in the all-important '3 Ps': power-lines, pedestrians and posties.
|A low plant like this boobialla (Myoporum parvifolium)|
is excellent for verge areas where people may want to walk
At present, Wollongong City Council does not have regulations governing what you can or can't do with your verge. But as long as you look out for the '3 Ps', you should be OK. Another tip is to plant hardy local plants - this will keep down the amount of watering needed in dry periods.
|Coastal rosemary (Westringia fruticosa) is a very tough|
local plant - cultivars that grow to 1 metre are available
|Other super-hardy plants: pigface (Carpobrotus glaucescens - right)|
and native geranium (Geranium solanderi - left).
Have you 'gone native' on your verge?
PS If you're interested in growing veges on your verge, rather than natives, Green Lifestyle magazine has published a useful article on this subject.