The Q&A Archives: Landscaping a circle garden

Question: I need suggestions for planting a 50 ft. diameter circle dividing a drivway in front of a new church. The site is a southwest exposure dry, very sunny in the afternoon and windy. It is shaded in the morning by large, old maple trees.
Thank you.

Answer: There are many things you might be able to use here. To some extent your choices will be determined by your goals for the space as well as by the growing conditions. In other words, you need a theme or a specific purpose to the planting. You could for example devise a plan of hardscaped path and benches around a central focal point, then plant to enhance the mood of that perhaps to create a space for quiet reflection or perhaps to provide a sense of lively and cheerful welcome. Or you could go for a more naturalized look and plant to enhance that effect, perhaps using plants specifically selected to attract butterflies and birds. Or you might wish to create an area to serve as backdrop to wedding photographs. You might consult with your local professional nursery staff and/or county extension to see if they have any suggestions based on how to develop an overall approach to planting this space. There may possibly be garden designers or landscape architects within the congregation who could provide some on site design assistance as well. Good luck with your project!

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