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Re: E-M:/ iinput needed-- plants for traffic island ideas?

Enviro-Mich message from "Robert Isaac" <rjisaac@gmail.com>


A mix of Daylilies (July blooming), Irises (May-June blooming),
Dafodils (early spring), and Tulips (April-May) all are low profile
and will thrive in a traffic island.

Though the Daylilies and Irises may choke out the rest of the
perennials over time.

All require very little care, apart from an occasional thinning.

On 8/8/06, Rita Jack <rita.jack@sierraclub.org> wrote:


I've been drafted by our neighborhood association to help come up with ideas
for aesthetic plantings that we can place into/onto a traffic-calming
island.  The plants need to be remain low-profile.  The preliminary drawing
doesn't show how deep the soil inside them would be, nor how high off the
ground the traffic island would be - but they're drawn to be 9 feet wide and
around 20 feet long, the road on either side would be 10 feet or so.
They're to be placed into the middle of Birch Row Drive in Meridian
Township, they're apparently quite effective at slowing traffic in a
residential neighborhood, something we're very interested in.

The neighborhood association would be responsible for plant care once
they're established, so we need something that doesn't take expert care, and
I would also guess something that doesn't require watering for those years
when the rains don't come.  The preliminary drawing shows we might have 5 of
these installed.  Oh – and the most important - we'd like the plants or
flowers to be pretty all summer long!  (Do I ask too much with that one?)

Thoughts, ideas, references to useful websites would be very helpful!

Many thanks,

~Rita Jack


Rita Jack

Water Sentinels Project

Sierra Club Michigan Chapter

109 E. Grand River Ave.

Lansing, Michigan 48906

tel: 517-484-2372



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