We have a mature monkey puzzle at the end of our garden where it meets the public path. The soil is very dry around that area and as a result the turf looks terrible. Immediately below (around the trunk) we have seeded various wild flowers that have grown really well and look great but the next 6 - 10 foot we have very dry nearly dead grass.
The idea was to put a row of low shrubs that act as a border from the street. Beyond that some flowers etc, maybe make the whole border around 4 foot wide.