Flower Garden Layout Designs - Knowledgebase Question

Elyria, OH
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Question by joemeade
January 4, 1998
I have two 5X20 foot areas available for flowers located directly in front of a 4 foot white picket fence. I prefer flowers that bloom up till frost, probably mostly annuals since most perennials have short blooming seasons. Do you have or know of any good books that give details of such layout patterns? Can you suggest some good ideas? I've purchased seeds from Burpee's for 30 years and found them to be superb. The patterns in the current catalog just don't quite seem to meet my layout.I'm open to some kind of multiple seed package/plants deal similar to those offered in your catalog. The planting area gets about 8-10 hrs of direct sun a day. I usually start most of my own plants under lights(for about 25 years). I would sincerely appreciate any help you could give. I'm tired of trying things that don't make a good colorful presentation.

Answer from NGA
January 4, 1998
Have you considered Burpee's 3D Garden Designer Encyclopedia. For the price of a really good book you can go one better and have software that you view different selections suitable to your area that meet the criteria you are looking for, design thegarden, and take a virtual stroll through your garden when you are finished. If you don't like what you've chosen, simply start over. You can even select views of your garden from all seasons so you can skirt around seasons without bloom. We are pleased you have been so satisfied with Burpee seed, and this package makes it easier to access your selections. When you are finished designing your garden, the software prints out an order for the Burpee seed/plants you have chosen! When using software such as this rather than a book there is no guesswork and you don't have the disappointment you mention above of doing all the work and being let down later with a presentation that isn't up to snuff. For more information or to place an order, call Burpee at 1-800-888-1447 or re-visit the website. If you are still interested in a good book on annuals consider, Annuals, How To Select, Grow & Enjoy by Derek Fall, HP Books, or, Taylor's Guide to Annuals, Houghton Mifflin Co. For perennials, consider, Taylor's Guide to Perennials, Houghton Mifflin Co., or, Perennials, How To Select, Grow & Enjoy by Pamela Harper and Frederick McGourty.

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