Suggestion for three flower plantings..

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by eggy, Dec 2, 2001.

  1. eggy

    eggy LawnSite Senior Member
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    As stated in some of my last posts, we are a mowing company looking to venture into light landscaping. One contract we are preparing calls for three plantings of flowers. Early spring, spring and fall. Just wondering what kind of suggestions you might have on selection of flowers to give the beds that WOW look, but yet be low maintence. Cold hardiness zone 5b and heat zone 7 . South Central Indiana.
     
  2. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
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    There are a couple of ways to approach this color cycle. One would be to plant summer annuals at the beginning of May, mums at the beginning of September and then put spring bulbs in the ground in late fall. Another way would be to plant Pansies in early spring, summer annuals in late May and then pansies in the fall. Some of this will depend on when your contract starts. You may wish to change from spring pansies to bulbs for the second year of the program. We tend to plant Pansies and bulbs together in the fall so we are only opening the ground twice a year which saves on labor.
     
  3. SCAPEASAURUSREX

    SCAPEASAURUSREX LawnSite Senior Member
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    Brian ,

    It depends on where the plantings will be ?? Will they be in naturalized areas or along entrys or walks... Along walks and entrys I Would go with the annuals cause when they are done with their cycle you just pull them and then replant fresh the next spring or what ever.. With bulbs you have a little more maint and then have to cut back once done with thier work..they can become unsigtly especially along entrys and walks.. They ( Bulbs ) are best suited to more naturalized areas where they have room to grow and spread.... Annuals you can control more easily for lower maint..

    Good luck , let us know what you decide and how you make out..
     
  4. KerryB

    KerryB LawnSite Senior Member
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    We use flowers such as Osteospermum, Gerber Daisy, Dragon Wing Begonia, Verbena.
    Plant as soon as chance of frost is gone early April here and just water and feed till fall.
    In fall plant mums panseys and kale.
    We are also using Coleus, Sweet potatoe vines, Hibiscus and a few others this year.
    These really give you that wow look without being the same ole thing you see around town.
     

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