What does a first time gardener plant? - Knowledgebase Question

Suwanee, GA (Zone 7B)
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Question by frannierecto
April 7, 2005
This Spring will be the first in my new home. Since I live in the south(atlanta), my back yard is mostly clay. I want to plant a flowerbed, but I do not know where to start. Can you give me some advice about planting with the clay, as well as, some ideas for plant choices?

Answer from NGA
April 7, 2005

Mix in a few inches of compost and if the area tends to stand in water after a rain build up the soil into raised planting beds to improve drainage. As for as plants go there are a multitude of great choices. Please submit additional questions to the website with each asking about a specific type of plant, eg. annual flowers, perennial flowers, blooming shrubs, etc. I can then do a better job providing a more thorough answer.

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