What to Plant On Either Side of the Garage

 Learn what plants will look best of all next to your garage

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For sure, a garage has only a utility meaning in a household. We keep our cars there, as well as lots of other stuff like bikes, sports gear, rollerblades, old stuff, etc. But it doesn’t mean our garage should not look nice from the outside!

This is why many homeowners search for suitable garage door plants that will make the construction more good-looking and pleasing to the eyes. Today, you will learn about the best plants for the side of the garage door. In particular, it will become clear what plants you might want to consider planting next to your garage. 

We will also explain what types of plants will be suitable for different kinds of soil and what to do if there is concrete all around your garage (spoiler: this issue is easily solved!). After you finish reading this article, you will know for sure what to plant around your garage to make it look attractive!

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Best Plants For the Side of the Garage Door

When you think about planting something next to your garage, what garage plants ideas do you have? Perhaps, you think of grass or small bushes. Or maybe you would like to have some flowers there or even succulents. But does it mean you can literally plant anything from cactuses to rose bushes?

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No, you can’t. Although there are plenty of plants that can be planted next to a garage, to choose the right one for each side of the garage door, you must consider several essential factors. They can influence the plants’ growth and further well-being quite a lot! These factors include:

  • The type of your soil you have around the garage
  • The appearance of the plant you want to have next to your garage
  • Whether you want an easy-to-care-for plant or not

We mean that some homeowners might want to have blooming bushes around their garage whilst others want to plant something laconic that only needs watering once in half a year. Also, you might not want to have tall plants there. In this case, grass or low-growing plants would be much better. Finally, if you have concrete all around your yard and the garage, the selection of plants will require a bit different approach.

To help you out and make the selection process easier, we have made a detailed guide. It describes what types of plants will be suitable for different types of soil. ALso, we will tell you what plants will work great if there is no soil at all.

Plants for the Side of the Garage With Dry Soil

If you have dry soil around your garage, you should remember that not all plants will survive on it! Luckily, some species feel perfectly well on this kind of soil!

  • Gray Dogwood. This shrub has gray bark with white flowers and fruit.  Gray dogwood usually grows 4 to 10 feet tall, making it perfect for the side of a garage.
  • Juniper is an evergreen shrub that blooms in autumn, winter, or spring. It also comes in varying heights. It means you can choose a height that is appropriate for your garage.
  • Spirea is a shrub that produces many small flowers in dense clusters.
  • Lilac is a good option for those who want a blooming plant next to their garage. It has scented purple flowers and grows 6 to 7 feet tall.
  • Rosemary herb has fragrant leaves that are often used as a seasoning. It blooms with white, pink, blue, or purple flowers. Rosemary is a long-lasting plant, being able to live for 30 years, which is an excellent long-term choice of plant to have at the side of your garage.
  • The daylily is a great plant choice for dry soil since it tolerates drought and frost! However, its flowers only last a day, and some of them bloom at night.
  • Lavender is an excellent plant choice if you want something fragrant. It will also make your garage look nicer with its blue, violet, or lilac flowers.
  • Agave is another “tough guy” to plant next to your garage if you want durable and robust greenery there.
  • Aloe will be a good choice if you want something that’s easy to care for. This flowering succulent has many species, all with thick leaves. The flowers are yellow, orange, red, or pink and grow in dense clusters.
  • Echeveria is another flowering succulent. It can come in evergreen or deciduous varieties.  Echeveria has flowers and thick leaves with bright colors.

Plants for the Side of the Garage With Wet Soil

In case you have wet soil, your choice of plants to have next to your garage will be different from the plants we have described above.

  • Winterberry is a shrub that grows 3 to 16 feet tall. This is why you should keep in mind it could eventually grow over the roof of your garage!
  • Laurel has many variations. Some of them are evergreen, such as Bay leaf whilst others are deciduous, such as Sassafras. This plant is aromatic and can serve as an aromatizer.
  • Highbush Blueberry is another shrub that grows 6 to 12 feet tall and wide, which is why it is a good fit for the side of a garage. In fall, its leaves will turn red, orange, yellow, or purple. But the best part is that it grows edible berries you can consume!
  • Blue Phlox is a flowering perennial that grows 10 to 20 inches tall, which is why it is a good ground plant for your garage if you don’t want tall plants. The flowers of Blue Phlox are fragrant and have blue, lavender, purple, pink, or white color.
  • Primrose comes in over 500 species. They bloom primarily in spring, and flowers may come in a variety of colors, from purple, yellow, and red to pink, blue, or white.
  • Violet also has many species (over 500). Some of the species of violet are perennial, and some are annual.

Plants for the Side of the Garage With Shallow Soil

If you don’t have much soil on the sides of your garage, or the soil is rocky, the following garage plant ideas will be suitable for shallow soil and can grow well in it.

  • Arugula is an annual plant used as a leaf vegetable with a somewhat bitter flavor.
  • Basil is a leafy herb we often use for seasoning. It goes well in salads with tomatoes. However, note that basil is sensitive to cold and frost.
  • Celery is another edible plant that is often eaten whole or chopped up for use in soups.
  • Kohlrabi. You can eat both the stem and leaves of kohlrabi.
  • Lettuce is an annual leaf vegetable.
  • Mint has aromatic leaves and is used in cooking or for making tea.
  • Onions.
  • Spinach.

As you can see, for shallow soil, you can use many edible plants, which is good since you may reduce the expenses on your regular shopping if you have everything you need for making a salad growing next to your garage!

Plants for the Side of the Garage With No Soil

Should you have a patio, brickwork, or concrete walkway next to your garage, you will have to use another approach to make the area look greener. But even in this case, you can still grow live plants on the side of your garage! For example, you can put your plants in containers and arrange them however you like. For container gardening, the following plants will be more suitable:

  • Dwarf fruit trees. In this case, make sure you choose a variety that will tolerate the cold in your area.
  • Shrubs will form a nice row along the side of your garage. Also, if you plant them in containers, it will limit their growth, so they don’t become too tall.
  • Flowers. When growing flowers in containers, remember that containers often dry out faster than soil in the ground!
  • Herbs can also be grown in containers outdoors.
  • Vegetables. This option is tricky since you will have to replant most vegetables every year. However, the benefit is that you will always have fresh, homegrown food!
  • Vines. Flowering vines that can climb would do well on the side of a garage. For example, consider planting bougainvillea, clematis, ivy, and wisteria.

You can plant these in clay pots, plastic pots, grow bags, or use raised garden boxes. You just need to make sure that the container itself is deep enough.

How to Arrange Your Plants Next to the Garage Door

Ok, now you know what to plant next to your garage door or walls to make the structure look more pleasing to the eyes. But how exactly should you arrange those flowers or shrubs? Is it better to line them along the garage walls? Or maybe you should plant them in circles? Since most of us are not professional landscape designers, it can be somewhat frustrating and puzzling to figure out how to arrange those plants correctly. So here are a few hints for you.

  • Plant the greenery along the garage walls. This option is good if you want to plant tall plants like tough perennials and succulents, e.g., kangaroo paw plants.
  • If the design of your garage allows, you can plant shrubs or flowers on its roof and on the ground. But this option will only be suitable for garages in sloped lots.
  • If you plant vines, make them climb over the garage door to frame the doorway.
  • Large potted plants can be placed on each side of the garage entry.
  • If you live in a dry climate, opt for low-maintenance and low-water plants. Since they are typically small and low-growing, you can use them on each side of the garage door or even create designs by planting them in circles or other shapes!

So, this is all we wanted to share with you on the issue of using the correct plants next to your garage door or walls. Now you know what types of plants will look better next to your garage and how to choose the right plant species depending on the type of soil you have. In addition, we have shared a few useful ideas on how to arrange those plants to make them look nice!

Links on this topic to authoritative sources:
  1. Front yard : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Front_yard
  2. The RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) : https://www.rhs.org.uk/

Frequently Asked Questions

What Type Of Plants Should I Consider If I Have Dry Soil Next To My Garage?

For dry soil, consider plants like Gray Dogwood, Juniper, Spirea, and Lilac, which are drought-resistant and thrive in such conditions.

Can I Plant Flowers Near My Garage If The Surrounding Area Is Concrete?

Absolutely! Use container gardening with options like Dwarf fruit trees, shrubs, or flowering vines like bougainvillea.

Are There Any Low-Maintenance Plants For The Garage Side?

Yes, consider plants like aloe, echeveria, and agave. They need minimal care and are drought-tolerant.

Can I Have Edible Plants Beside My Garage?

Certainly! Options for shallow soil include arugula, basil, celery, and lettuce. They're practical and aesthetically pleasing.

What Are The Best Plants For A Garage Side With Wet Soil?

For wet soil, consider Winterberry, Laurel, Highbush Blueberry, and Blue Phlox. They thrive in moist conditions.

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