For those gardeners who see this area as a waste of space it’s a perfect opportunity to put it to good use, either by planting with a lawn substitute, that from a distance will look like a lawn or using it as a continuation of the front garden, selecting ground covers for the road edge. Others see this area as the idea space to establish productive fruiting trees and who are willing to share produce with passers-by.
Before any changes are made to the verge area it’s a good idea to check the verge garden policy with the local council. Many councils are pro-active and have seized the opportunity to work with residents who want to beautify and improve their street appeal. If the verge is being retrofitted from lawn to garden bed areas, a simple landscape may be all that’s required to receive the go ahead. It’s a good idea to include mature heights of plants intended to be planted. This will save the local council time as they don’t have to search varieties and demonstrates that you’ve done your research when it comes to selecting suitable varieties.