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Old 08-25-2013, 09:31 AM
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Advice on what plants to use here...

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here is a few photos of an area a client wants landscaped. She wants the rocks to stay in, and low growing (not too high/ wide) plants in the area, as well as the area defined as a planting bed. I was thinking a rough 'L' shaped bed, add mulch, add plants. Need advice on what plants though. Don't do a lot of design work. Thought I would get some advice on this one. Thanks

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Old 08-25-2013, 09:57 AM
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What zone are you in, how many hours of full sun and is there any irrigation?
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Old 08-25-2013, 10:15 AM
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W/o the info requested from Knox maybe some liriope, Hostas, azaleas, firepower nandinas. Is she wanting perrenial or deciduous.
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Old 08-25-2013, 11:04 AM
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no irrigation, afternoon sun. I'm in zone 5/6. Don't know if she wants perennial or deciduous... she said she wanted "something nice and not to high/ wide, something easy to maintain". She doesn't want something that will spread out onto the lawn area and make it hard to mow.
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Old 08-25-2013, 02:24 PM
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Encore azaleas should be a nice fit
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:52 AM
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One thing to keep in mind is that with no edging on that area, you have plenty of room to play with, so don't let yourself be confined to the space that is there already.

Personally, I'd stick some evergreens of varying color in there for year round interest and hardiness. Looks like enough sunlight to get away with it.

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Old 08-26-2013, 12:03 PM
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Be careful of afternoon full sun, in that some plants, like Hydrangeas will not work, but roses might...
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Old 08-26-2013, 04:25 PM
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Thanks for all the advice guys... appreciate it. white gardens, what sort of evergreens are we talking about? she doesn't want anything too big- I though evergreens might be too big for the area?
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:00 PM
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id go with some small azaleas deciduous or evergreen and for a nice evergreen id go with dwarf montgomery blue spruce. Nice color, slow/low growing and very low maintenance.
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Old 08-27-2013, 08:58 AM
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One thing to keep in mind is that with no edging on that area, you have plenty of room to play with, so don't let yourself be confined to the space that is there already.

Personally, I'd stick some evergreens of varying color in there for year round interest and hardiness. Looks like enough sunlight to get away with it.

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Plenty of low growing, dwarf and pygmy varieties of evergreens out there. Just need to go to one of your suppliers and see what they have in stock. Even a topiary would make the area pop.

The only X-factor I would put in there is a taller, conical evergreen such as a green emerald arb or similar. In situations like this I like to add one taller plant to offset the boulder, and give the area a little height.

Here is a design I did recently with the same idea. Though I have some perennial flowers mixed in, but you get the jist.


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