The Q&A Archives: types of plants to plant

Question: I would like to say thank you in response to a question I submitted yesterday on my butterfly bush that had been sheared off in an accident. We thought we lost our plant for good, but the information you gave us made us feel so much better.

My new question is we have just lanscaped an area of about 6'x15'. The ground underneath has granite rocks big enough that we can't dig out and also some other type of rock that we keep hitting. My husband built an area with lanscape markers about 3-4 inches high on top of it, filled it with garden soil and then mulch. We are now trying to figure out what type of plants could grow in this area. We have thought of ground cover but I want just more than that as it is a focal point in our yard. We also have an empty whiskey barrel we can use if need be. I would like some plants that could also come back year after year if possible. We would love to hear any suggestions you have. The area we live in is on the outskirts of Atlanta Ga. in the suburbs.We have a good amount of birds if that would also help with any suggestion for plants. Thanks again for your help!

Answer: There are so many choices that I don't know where to begin! I'd use a combination of annuals and perennials in the new bed. Perennials come back year after year but most bloom only for 3-4 weeks. If you choose carefully you can have a succession of blooms all year long but to hedge your bet you might want to put annuals in among the perennials. This way you're assured of having something in bloom all year around. Rather than try to describe the plants that will do well in your gardening region, I've found a few pages from the university that will give you some ideas of what to plant: discusses perennials and discusses annuals. You may have to copy and paste these addresses into your browser. You can also print copies of these publications for future reference.

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