I have a shop located in a historic urban area in Cincinnati, OH. I have removed the weedy grass in a long strip between sidewalk and curb, dug in some mushroom compost and, for the winter, have covered the soil with mulch. The strip is south-facing, so gets blasted with hot sun all day. In the spring, I'd like to plant a lot of low-growing perennials, herbs and annuals, interspersed with flat rocks (so people can alight from their cars without stepping into mud or plants). Does anyone have suggestions for low-growing plants that could withstand 1) road salt, 2) our wet winters,3) clay soil and 4) blasting hot, HUMID sun all summer long?
The mail-order company High Country Gardens offers a couple excellent pre-planned inferno strip plans, but they are designed for the arid West with its lean, fast-draining soil.
I would be very grateful for any suggestions you all might have.