Color For My Flower Beds - Knowledgebase Question

Warrington, PA
Question by Carolt91
August 26, 2000
I have three flower beds with absolutely no color. I want to add some perennials but do not know which ones to choose. The first bed is kidney shaped with an oak tree in the middle and 2 spirea little princess bushes. The next one is on the side of the house with 3 different kinds of hosta plants in it. The third is in the front of the house and wraps around the porch. It has 3 rhododendron bushes, 2 mountain laurel, 2 azalea, and 3 spirea little princess. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I have a copy of your catalog so I can order from there. Thank you.


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Answer from NGA
August 26, 2000

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Based on your description it sounds like the areas must be partly shaded. Some plants to consider for partial shade (morning sun or dappled light all day) would include: hosta (there are many different sizes shapes and leaf colors available), columbine, perennial geranium, ceratostigma (plumbago), liriope, golden moneywort, and astilbe. Ferns can also add texture and color. Where the shade is cast by trees, you could also try some early spring bulbs such as crocus, daffodil, wood hyacinth, and snowdrops. With a little experimentation you will see which plants do best for you and can work from there.

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