FIRE RING - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by smj6
September 3, 2010
I want to put a fire ring in the back yard and landscape around it. What plants,shrubs are suggested and how far way do they have to be from the fire ring..I plan on rock surfaces and raised rock garden so i need perenials for that too Thank you smj

Answer from NGA
September 3, 2010
You shouldn't plant any closer than about 8' from your fire ring. Plants will not be any more comfortable than you will being too close to a fire and the radiated heat can dry out the foliage (and start a fire if they get really dry). I'd keep plant material at least 8 feet away. Allow the fire ring and associated rock surfaces be the prime focal point in your backyard, then build your raised beds out away from the fire and seating areas, filling them with colorful annuals and perennials. Some colorful plants to consider planting include Asclepias tuberosa - Butterflyweed; Agastache foeniculum - Anise hyssop; Amsonia spp. - Amsonia; Artemisia spp. - Artemisia; Aster spp. - Asters; Baptisia australis - False blue indigo; Centauria montana - Perennial bachelor?s button; Coreopsis spp.- Coreopsis; Dianthus spp. - Pinks; Echinacea purpurea - Purple cone flower; Echinops ritro - Globe thistle; Erygium spp. - Sea holly; Euphorbia sp. - Spurge; Gaillardia spp. - Blanket flower; Geranium macchrorhizum - Bigroot geranium; Helleborus sp. ? Hellebores; Hemerocallis spp. ? Daylily; Hibiscus moscheutos - Common mallow; Iris sibirica - Siberian iris; Lavendula angustifolia -Lavender; Liatris spp. - Gay feather; Nepeta spp. - Catmint; Paeonia sp. - Peony; Perovskia atriplicifolia - Russian sage; Phlox spp.- Phlox; Rudbeckia spp. - Black-eyed Susan; Salvia spp. - Sage; Sedum spp. - Sedum; Sempervirens tectorum - Hens and chicks; Stachys byzantina - Lamb's ears; Stokesia laevis - Stokes aster; Thymus spp. - Thyme; Verbascum spp. - Mullein.

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