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Old 05-18-2013, 10:04 PM
McGaw McGaw is offline
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Help with flowers

Hey guys,

I'm hoping you can give me a hand with a small flower/plant arrangement. The client has a 5' radius garden in the middle of the yard. Full sun. He is looking for something extremely low maintenance (no watering...) that will look nice, but now block the house/ view of the front door.
I was thinking of putting a red japanese maple in the middle of it and I'm looking for some ideas on what else to add. I was thinking maybe doing some different color petunias mixed together with a spike or two around them. Maybe skip the japanese maple all together?
I'll try and get some pictures up for tomorrow!
Thanks in advance for the help!

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Old 05-18-2013, 10:24 PM
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I should add color during spring through fall would be nice to have.
I was just kicking around doing some hostas
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Old 05-19-2013, 11:35 AM
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Hostas don't do full sun very well, worse than hydrangeas actually... Japanese Maple would look nice for sure but is risky... Petunias is a great choice... They have doubles now too... the only other thing I can think of more 'low maintenance', than petunias, would be a statue...
Now that I know that clay's texture(platelets) has nothing to do with water infiltration, percolation, or drainage
,,, I wonder what does...
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Old 05-19-2013, 08:06 PM
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Flower bed with no maintenance.....lets way everything except cactus requires maintenance if you want it to look nice...i do my beds weekly fertilize bugs etc etc.
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Old 05-19-2013, 11:21 PM
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The statue idea is awesome. The customers going on tuesday to take a look at them. I suggested we do a pond with a statue in the back or a bubbling rock. He likes the price of a statue better than a pond and statue haha. We're going to do that and give a japanese maple a try

Thanks smallaxe!
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:50 AM
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Unless deer are a major issue, you may want to look at pazazz or rio portulaca for some color.
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