Patio Borders - Knowledgebase Question

Buffalo, NY
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Question by KWM43
April 29, 2000
Am building a patio and would like some ideas on bordering plants or flowers.Will also need to plant some bushes for privacy.Any help would be greatly apppreciated.

Answer from NGA
April 29, 2000
It is difficult to suggest plants without knowing if it will be sunny or shady, wet or drysoil and so on. However, you might consider some shorter shrubs along with a small flowering tree underplanted with a groundcover and perhaps some containers of colorful annuals. In terms of creating privacy, it is often more effective to plant a larger shrub very close to where you are sitting than to plant a hedge further out in the yard. For the same reason, a trellis panel with a vine can be more effective and makes very efficient use of space. I hope this gives you some ideas; for specifics on how to analyze your site and some more detailed plant suggestions, you might want to take a look at a book or two, one I particularly like is "Gardening for Dummies".

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