Outside my house is a lamppost with a rectangular area around its base, roughly 4′ by 2′ & about 6 inches deep with compacted soil. It is a very exposed site & drainage is poor when rain is heavy. Have you any recommendations for a plant(s) that could survive here to make it a more pleasant view?
If there are patches of grass outside other houses that the council maintains, the simplest thing to to is to loosen the soil with a fork, apply some fertilizer, then lightly re-firm the soil and sow some grass seed. It could be expected that they will cut the extra bit too.