Advice on what plants to use here...

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by peeklandscaping, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. peeklandscaping

    peeklandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Don't know if this is where I should post this but...
    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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  2. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
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    What zone are you in, how many hours of full sun and is there any irrigation?
     
  3. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    W/o the info requested from Knox maybe some liriope, Hostas, azaleas, firepower nandinas. Is she wanting perrenial or deciduous.
     
  4. peeklandscaping

    peeklandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
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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.
     
  5. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Encore azaleas should be a nice fit
     
  6. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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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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  7. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Be careful of afternoon full sun, in that some plants, like Hydrangeas will not work, but roses might...
     
  8. peeklandscaping

    peeklandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
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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?
     
  9. GVL LLC

    GVL LLC LawnSite Member
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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.
     
  10. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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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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