The Q&A Archives: landscaping

Question: WE just moved in to our house and are trying to do some kind of landscaping in the front but I have no idea what to do. We've put out edging stones but havent found anything to put in it yet. our yard is shaded about half of the day any ideas.

Answer: When picking out flowering plants for your garden, you may want to consider color and size. Depending on the areas you have earmarked for your flower beds, you'll want to make sure you create a pleasing visual effect with different heights. If you have a thick edging like at the edge of a forest or around your house, you might want to have tall flowering plants of about 2 feet in the back (against the house) middle height plants of 1 foot or so in the middle and the smaller 6" plants in the front.

Your gardening plan should consider the color of the flowers as well. While a colorful garden looks wonderful, some colors like perhaps orange and purple do not look so good when placed right next to each other. Some people like to stick to 2 or 3 colors only. One of the houses I lived in had a garden of all white flowers that was there before I moved in. Some call this a moonlight garden and it really was quite striking.

No matter what flowering shrubs, plants or trees you pick for your garden, you'll want to put your own personality into it.

Here are some hardy perennials for you to consider;

Aster - Daisy like perennials in shades of pink and purple; fast growing; blooms in early fall.
Bee Balm - Attracts butterflies, hummingbirds and bees; partial sun; blooms July-August.
Black Eyed Susan - Easy to grow; blooms July - September.
Clematis - Prefers heavy mulch; blooms June- September.
Cone Flower - attracts butterflies and bees and grows in partial sun; blooms July - October.
Geranium - full sun or partial afternoon shade; blooms spring through fall.
Iris - Tons of colors and varieties on this tall flower; blooms in late spring - summer.
Peony - Big Bushy blooms with a subtle scent; blooms in mid spring.
Sedum - Hardy perennial plant attracts butterflies and bees; blooms August - September.
Verbena - Clumps of colorful flowers - it's cascading trails are perfect for planters and baskets; can bloom from spring to frost if dead flowers are trimmed. Attract butterflies.

Best wishes with your new garden.

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