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Question: We are landscaping a 12x12 area that is visable from our kitchen window.
It has a backdrop of a wall of star jasmine and the front touches our concrete patio eating area. We have purchased weigela variegata nana (2), a black night buddleia, 3 breath of heaven golden sunset and a fringe flower. Our color pallete is mauve, pink, purple, white.
We are not sure this mix works. Also, there are betula jacquemontii on both sides. We love the weigela. We would like to work around keeping this plant. Our style is formal with brick, aggregate, and iron trellis walls. We have vitek, carpet roses, variegated abellia, gardenias, silvery sunproof lilyturf around our 12' long water feature.

We are stumped. We have been purchasing monrovia products non stop from our local Windmill Nursery.
Can you Guide us?

Answer: The site you describe sounds exquisite and I love the color combinations. There really is nothing more that I can suggest. The size of the area will limit the number of "backbone" plants you can use so you might want to add some annuals in various pockets of soil throughout the bed, changing them as the seasons change. I'd use 6-pak bedding plants, visiting my local nursery at the beginning of each season to see what they have to offer. Right now you'll probably find some of the cooler weather plants in stock - pansies, primroses, snapdragons, etc. You might even find some ornamental kale in shades of pink, white an purple. Enjoy your new garden!

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