Overwhelmed by Gardening - Knowledgebase Question

VA
Question by Kcoup
February 20, 1998
Each year I pore over the catalogs and try to get a plan in place to add perrenials and annuals for maximum color and ease of maintenance. I would really like to have one of those flower gardens like I see up in Maine, with so many different colors and textures, and they don't have that "planned out" look I always seem to create. My main problem is, however, that I quickly become overwhelmed by all the choices and the scope of the job, and make very little progress each year. I would be grateful for any advice about achieving colorful flower gardens in a heavily deer-populated area, mostly shady and with acidic soil, with lower maintenance needs than most. The deer have eaten my hostas and lilies, voles have gobbled up my tulip bulbs, and I'm not sure what kills the columbine and bleeding hearts I plant every year. Getting discouraged in Virginia...


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Answer from NGA
February 20, 1998

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pachysandra; Vines: clematis, euonymus; Trees: maple, birch, dogwood, pear, hemlock

All these should grow fine in your region.
pachysandra; Vines: clematis, euonymus; Trees: maple, birch, dogwood, pear, hemlock

All these should grow fine in your region.

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