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Help with some Plant Selection

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Stevegotcrabgrass, Apr 30, 2010.

  1. Stevegotcrabgrass

    Stevegotcrabgrass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 248

    This is for my house, I want to put something ina bed in front of a bay window. The bed is about 7ft wide by 3 feet deep. I would like something for the center as a focal point as I have the surrounding area designed. I would like something about 2-3.5 ft tall and would love showy flowers as this will be a focal point of this bed. The area is mostly sunny with some shade in later part of the day. Soil is well drained, and can be easily ammended. I would also like something that blooms for a long time. I am in zone 7. What do you guys like and what do you put in your beds....I would like roses but the wife doesn't want roses?? No idea why....whuddya got?
  2. thackerlawncare

    thackerlawncare LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 21

    Burning bush might be nice.
  3. tyler_mott85

    tyler_mott85 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 582

    Knock-Out Rose bush came to mind until I read your wife didn't want any.

    Make sure she knows that there are Rose plants that are actual bushes and aren't the stringy long armed plants that all the "big wig" rose freaks like so well.

    Burning bush would be colorful, although no flowers. But make sure you get the right variety because some get over 8 foot tall and wide and if you have to cut them back to fit into an area they tend to get woody.

    Also you might tell us how much sun exposure the area gets, what soil conditions you're working with, and what side of the house the plant will be.

    Good luck! :waving:
  4. Surfdunn

    Surfdunn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 55

    ckeck out the encore azalea.
  5. Crash

    Crash LawnSite Member
    Messages: 192

    I'd go Azalea or maybe a nice big Hydrangea. Those always look nice and get about the size you're shooting for.
  6. Stevegotcrabgrass

    Stevegotcrabgrass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 248

    The area is sunny with partial shade in the later part of the day. Soil is well drained and has irrigation in place. The bed sits on the southwestern portion of the property. The land has been cleared of many trees so we get a lot of sun. Are the encore's able to be shaped into say a ball or keep them below 3 ft tall?

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