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Need ideas for 8w x 40L strip - Easy flowers from seed?

Chicago Suburbs, IL(Zone 5b)

I live in an apartment but the management is pretty easy going and let us do whatever. There are two large areas in the front of my building that have been turned into gardens, one side is "my" side the other was my neighbors side. My neighbor is moving so I am going to take over his side. I am in zone 5b, the garden is about 8 x 40 feet, it is a western exposure and gets sun from about 11 AM - 7PM ish. My neighbor has previously planted annual wildflower type mixes so not much if anything is going to come up and I was going to throw down some compost and hit it with the rototiller.

I do already have some tentative plans for it - I am going to plant some strawberry popcorn and bush beans so that will take up maybe 8 x 10 feet at most. I was also going to plant some fennel, parsley and rue for the caterpillars so that would take up another 8 x 5 ish feet. The rest I would like to plant with something colorful and easy that doesn't require a ton of water or work. Any suggestions?

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