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Question: I recently put marble chips on my small area in my front yard because I couldn't save the plants. I wanted to know what kinds of plants I could mix with the chips that would make it look better.

Answer: The answer to this really depends on the size of the space to be planted, the growing conditions in the spot where the marble chips are, and if there was any special reason why the plants that used to be there could not be saved. For example, if they were diseased, it might be something that could infect the new planting. Also, a stone mulch tends to be very hot in that it reflects sun and heat back onto the plants. It also does not break down over time the way an organic mulch would do, so it does not feed the soil at all. Then you also have your personal taste in terms of what you would like to see there and what would fit in with the rest of your landscape and with your house. So there are a number of factors to keep in mind when selecting your plants. I would suggest you consult with your local county extension and/or professionally trained nurseryman to analyze the site and identify some plants that might do well there, then select the ones that you like best from among those. Good luck with your project!

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