The Q&A Archives: new landscaping project

Question: I need some ideas for a large space in front of my home. Space has brick stones for border, (2 stones high) and has material layed down & is ready for topsoil. Area gets full sun all day. Need some ideas for plants. I lean towards pinks, purples & greens. I want sort of an

Answer: Here are a few of my favorite sun-loving annuals and perennials, which just happen to flower in pink or purple. Hope these suggestions are helpful.
Scabiosa columbaria (Pincushion Flower), Varieties: Butterfly Blue, Butterfly Pink, Pink Mist. Flower Color: Pink or lavender-blue. Plant Size: 24 inches. Planting Site: Full sun to partial shade. Non-stop blooming summer through fall. Heat and disease resistant; prefers moist, well-drained site. Mixed border, mass plantings, or container; attracts butterflies.

Gomphrena (Gomphrena globosa) is such a goofy sounding name for such a terrific plant! This fast growing annual showers your sunny beds endlessly with profuse numbers of small round blooms in shades of pink, lilac, lavender, rose, strawberry red, purple, white, even orange. Incredibly drought tolerant and pest resistant, this plant?s only foe is too much water. Gomphrena makes a great cut flower and dries beautifully, retaining both its color and shape. Compact forms are also available if the plant's normal height of two to three feet is not compatible with your design needs.

Cheddar Pinks (Dianthus gratianopolitanus) are a tough group of Dianthus that perform beautifully in your perennial border or as hardworking groundcovers. The usually fragrant blooms may be white, but are more often a variety of pink shades, from magenta to misty. That?s not the whole show, however. The foliage is low and grass-like, making a dense, evergreen groundcover, with lovely bluish or silvery hues. Very drought tolerant, these plants like a site with lots of sun, and excellent drainage.

Oregano (Origanum vulgare) is an herb that deserves wider use in the general landscape. It quickly becomes a cheerful evergreen groundcover that often have burgundy tones in the winter landscape. In late spring, the pink to purple blooms can be quite showy, especially with certain cultivars, and are extremely popular with our insect friends. Oregano has no problems as far as pest or disease, and only requires that you site it in a soil that drains quickly, with lots of sun. Oh, and of course, don?t forget its culinary charms!

Petunia x hybrida ('Wave' Petunia) Varieties: Purple Wave, Pink Wave, Rose Wave, Misty Lilac Wave. Flower Color: Purple, pink, rose, pink with yellow center.
Plant Size: less than 10 in. tall and up to 4 ft. wide. Planting Site: Full sun.
Landscape Use: Front of borders. Allow to cascade from containers and retaining walls. Rain tolerant; trailing habit; no dead-heading required; nonstop bloom from summer through fall.

Solenostemon scutellarioldes (Sun-loving Coleus), Numerous varieties available.
Flower Color: Purple or blue. Plant Size: Varieties range from 8 to 36 inches.
Planting Site: Full sun to shade; moist, well-drained site. Colorful foliage available in a variety of colors including yellow, pink, maroon, red, orange, cream, green and chartreuse. Heat and disease resistant; nonstop foliage color through fall; deadheading of blooms recommended but not required. Edging, mass color displays, or containers.

Best wishes with your landscape!

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