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I need a sun-loving plant for this spot...

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Patrick G., May 23, 2005.

  1. Patrick G.

    Patrick G. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    Greetings. I need some ideas for a plant to go in this spot:


    I need something to replace the grass that isn't growing there. I want something that thrives in FULL SUN as the house faces directly south and that spot gets full sun all day. I would like something you don't see everyday - something striking/colorful if possible - something that doesn't get over 3 ft. or so high - something to help block the electrical outlet. I don't want to spend over $60 on the plant. The house is in Zone 6. Any suggestions?
  2. Grass Masters

    Grass Masters LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Messages: 85

    Rose bush
    Sky Pencil
    Lorapetluem (may get too big for that small of an area)
    the list goes on and on
  3. surfisher211

    surfisher211 LawnSite Member
    from Jersey
    Messages: 141

    peonys, would look nice there
  4. treedoc1

    treedoc1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    one Gulfstream Nandina or one Firepower Nandina or

    one Pennisetum 'Hameln"(ornamental grass)

    Anything else suggested is going to get too large for the space
  5. Grass Masters

    Grass Masters LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Messages: 85

    Golden Barberry
  6. DowntoEarthLLC

    DowntoEarthLLC LawnSite Member
    from VA
    Messages: 121

    plant some mexican sage

    its a perennial though... you want something thats gonna be there all year and flower? or just something under the window and green?

  7. o-so-n-so

    o-so-n-so LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 1,218

    One Spirea "gold flame" would be my choice. It will fill in that area where the arrow is pointing exploding with color...........The barberry would give the color but the thorns next to the walkway would take it out of the picture. This spirea would give the same color as the barberry in the summer with a great fall transition to orange. Would be and eye catcher.

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  8. nocutting

    nocutting LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 530

    I second the recommendation for the spirea, and it flowers in summer if it isnt sheared :)
  9. Kate Butler

    Kate Butler LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 640

    Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm'

    Blooms for a VERY long time summer into fall.
  10. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774

    You have an odd shaped and small bed there, as I'm sure you know. By putting one of these and one of those the bed has no unity. Not to say that it has to have unity, but it would make it look less like you came home from the nursery each week with something you liked and stuck it there. You can still mix plants, but you should try something that binds it together in my opinion. I would suggest that you remove the purple perennial and group a triangle of three of the same shrub with the middle one in front centered on the receptacle. That will give the bed unity, still work within that tapered bed shape, and allow you to fill the voids with any of your favorite plants. I like the dianthus where it is and then add something that you like between in the triangular void between the arb and the three new plants.

    The three plants could be spirea (I'd use 'Little Princess' because it is a less illl looking foliage color in my opinion). You'll have to trim them back to not over grow that space as well. The bright green foliage will pop enough, but is green enough for unity while 'Gold Flame' may self isolate a bit.

    The arb is going to need you to be vigilant at shearing it every year starting this year or you'll be needing to take down too much at once in a few years. It is good to keep the top from being too fluffy if you live in snow country anyway. Even though it requires yearly maintenance, I think the form probably is right for softening that corner.

    An ornamental grass is not a good form to match with that arb in this situation in my opinion.

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