Advice for New Gardener Living by Heavy Traffic
Can anyone offer advice on what robust, hardy plants are best to grow in a yard that is exposed to traffic fumes?
My house faces north with a generous plot of concreted yard space fronting the property, separated from the highway behind an 8 foot wall (originally built c. 1903). Beyond the wall is a noisy, busy, traffic thoroughfare – the main one into town in fact.
The yard gets plenty of roadside fumes and exhaust particulates. It’s not a place to spend much time in, but it does present a vista to the front of the property which could be furnished with plants, if only for looking at. Owing to the concrete levels nothing can be planted in the ground, so potted plants or at least plants that can climb from pots are one of a few options (I imagine).
If you have any advice, whether about plant types or practical advice for managing the environment, I’d be delighted and grateful to hear as a new-to-gardening gardener.