The Q&A Archives: flower bed problem

Question: I have a flower bed w/SW sun exposure & I cannot get anything to grow successfully. I have tried and had to move roses, dahlias are mediocre in the bed. The bed has lilacs in the back that do alright and there is a nearby birch tree with spreading roots.I'd like suggestions for flowers to plant. Any advice?

Answer: I wonder if the birch tree roots are competing too much with the roots of your annuals and perennials for moisture? There's not much to do except concentrate on plants that are tolerant of dry soils. Here are a few to try:
Achillea Ptarmica (Sneezewort), Ajuga reptans (Carpet Bugle), Anthemis tinctoria (Yellow Camomile), Asclepias tuberosa (Butterflyweed), Aster nova-angliae (New England Aster), Callirhoe involucrata (Poppymallow), Cassia marilandica (Wild Senna),
Coreopsis grandiflora (Tickseed), Dianthus plumarius (Grass Pink), Echinops Ritro (Steel Globe Thistle), Euphorbia corollata (Flowering Spurge), Helianthus, in variety (Sunflower), Limonium latifolium (Statice), Lychnis chalcedonica (Maltese Cross), Papaver nudicaule (Iceland Poppy,) Rudbeckia laciniata (Goldenglow),
Yucca filamentosa (Common Yucca).

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