colorful flowers

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by SOSINC, Jan 24, 2008.


    SOSINC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 42

    Looking for some ideas on annuals and/or perennials. Wanted to know what kind of flowers you guys use and/or recommend using when someone ask for a lot of color in there landscaping?

    The area I am looking to place flowers at has full shade and full sun areas and is irrigated.
  2. tjsquickcuts

    tjsquickcuts LawnSite Senior Member
    from Atlanta
    Messages: 943

    Wow, surprise no one has hit this post yet....As for your shady area, Hosta add lots of green and can get really big and cover a large area easy. As for your Full sun area, in the spring and summer, Begonias, Coleus, Dusty Miller(they will last all year, just make sure you keep them pruned). Fall and winter, Pansy, Dusty Millers, Cabbages, Kelp, Keel, ......Yellows, and Reds add more curb appeal and more attention. If you need more info, let me know. I have pics as well....Good luck!!!
  3. RGM

    RGM LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Baltimore Md
    Messages: 979

    for right now or in the spring

    SOSINC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 42

    April to November
  5. Whitey4

    Whitey4 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,448

    Impatiens are common, but that's because they are easy. Just feed them in a bit of partial sun. Petunias are nice, but must be regularly deadheaded, and like at least some sun. Hostas are also common, and do well in full shade.... some ferns can make for a nice combo with hostas, especially something like a cinnamon fern, which has a very attractive cinnamon colored flower. Don't over look ferns as part of any shade garden. Japanese painted and chrostmas ferns are nice. You can Goggle any of these for more info. Astilbe also does well in shade.

    In full sun, the options are endless. But, I'll make one recommendation: Nasturiums. Aside from being a very attractive flowering plant available in a wide variety of colors, it is also... edible! The leaves, flowers, seed pods are all edible! Has a mild peppery sort of flavor, a bit like watercress or aragula. Both compact and trailing varieties are available. The trailers are great for container plantings. Coleus are good, as are some taller more "wild flower" looking plants like black eyed susans and cosmos and zinnias.

    Ornamental grasses are often nice complimentary plants to flower beds. There are some dwarf and shot growing varieties that won't get too big, like hameln.
  6. RGM

    RGM LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Baltimore Md
    Messages: 979

    Pansy's till it gets hot then petunias
  7. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585

    Petunias ...but only Wave Petunias--no deadheading needed. They are hungry plants so they must be fert'd about every 10 days

    Vinca- the "hot weather impatien". Hotter it gets the better they do. Disease, insect and rabbit proof.

    We've used both of these for many years with hundreds planted at certain business properties. We wont install flowers unless the property owner agrees to our caring for them from May until Nov. Waste of your time and their money if they are not to be cared for.

    SOSINC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 42

    Thanks guys for the ideas and the replys. :)

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