Landscape Design forum: Landscaping Plants & Flowers for new bed

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Name: Chenoa Frazer
Jacksonville Florida (Zone 8b)
Jul 28, 2015 12:38 PM CST
Ok so I need some advice on something. I just got the front of my mobile home ready for landscaping. The area I am working with is 4' Wide by 80' Long. Our mobile sits very high as we are on the river, so to the bottom of the skirting is about 3 foot. I am in Zone 8, and the soil is somewhat sandy but I am working on amending it. The front side of the house faces the west so it does get some sun, about 6-7 hours a day. What I am wanting to know is some advice on stuff to grow there. What I would like would be possibly some shrubs against the house but since it is a 4' wide area we have planned out, possibly some flowers, bushes or anything else to fill in the gaps coming towards the edge. I would like to know about anything, if any exists, stuff that come fall & winter may not die all the way back down and possibly some blooms which I know from Dave & Trish, you're not going to get a whole lot of bloom with out a whole bunch of sun. I just want something possibly that can stay nice looking year around, with combinations of course of maybe blooms and nice foliage. Any advise on this would be great. Or direct me to maybe some of the forums to look at.
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Jul 30, 2015 8:05 AM CST
Gardenias, periwinkle and roses would do very well in the site you are describing for flowering .. for foliage, elephant ears, perilla, coleus and croton. Your best bet is to ride around and see what other people are growing.
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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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Jul 30, 2015 8:14 AM CST
Checking out other landscapes in the area was my thought too. I know Florida offers its own specific challenges that differ considerably from gardening here in Kentucky, but Anne's plants listed above are what I saw growing around my sister's home outside Orlando. If you choose roses, make sure they're grafted onto nematode resistant rootstock- I know most vendors use Dr. Huey or multiflora rootstock which will not perform in Florida.
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Name: Chenoa Frazer
Jacksonville Florida (Zone 8b)
Jul 30, 2015 2:21 PM CST
Awesome advise you guys, And those will grow at this time of year?
Thank You very much. Looking forward to starting this project. Will be sure to post pictures if all works outs well.
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Jan 27, 2016 11:44 PM CST
Raised beds are good for growing almost anything.Because with a raised bed you can easily customize your soil to your needs. Flowers like petunia ,perennial hibiscus,profusion zinnias,globe amaranth and vegetables like onions ,tomatoes , potatoes are just some of the crops that will grow well in a raised bed. According to ‘In the backyards’ ( ) who helped me to build a raised garden bed in our home), with careful planning you can also have success with growing a wide variety of plants. Thank You!
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Jan 29, 2016 9:39 AM CST
To me that is a whole lot of sun.
Florida hot afternoon sun
Are you concerned you do not have enough for blooms?
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Jun 16, 2016 11:46 AM CST
Hey chenoa0125,

I know some guys up in the Washington DC area that used to live in Jacksonville, FL ( Due to the climate in your area you can get away with almost anything you want. Usually what I recommend to home owners is to look through Home & Garden magazines and find your top 10 favorite pictures that are featured in the magazine. Once you do that, analyze each photo until you can pinpoint exactly what you liked about each one. Once you figure out what's gravitating you to certain designs you should be able to pick 2 of your photos that you like the most and then you can just emulate a combination of them. Finding out the names of plants should be a fairly easy task too. You can always turn to this wonderful forum OR just bring your 2 photos to your local garden center and ask them the names of each plant or anything that's similar in both aesthetics and functionality. Anyways, hope this helps!

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