front yard garden bed needs some help - Knowledgebase Question

Overland Park, KS
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Question by coloradokris
June 21, 2007
When we moved into our house over 10 years ago it had the basic landscape entry garden bed. Since then many of the plants are dying and have been taken out but we have not replaced anything yet. We face the south getting sun on the front yard all day long. We are unsure what to plant. We have three of the same bushes in front of our bay window and an evergreen tree on the side then an empty flower bed. We would like something colorful and that can stand sunlight all day long. I am hosting my daughter's bridal lunch in one week and want to get something plant now. Can you help? Any tips or suggestions?

Answer from NGA
June 21, 2007
For a full sun location like that you will need to use sun loving, heat tolerant plants. You might consider colorful foliage such as golden or red barberry shrubs, or possibly a low maintenance landscape rose such as KnockOut for that type of spot. If you would like annual flowers, marigolds would be a good choice as would salvia or Angelonia. Among perennials, you could try daylilies (Hemerocallis), purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), or sedums. I should mention that if you plant flowers that are in bloom, the flowers may wilt due to transplant stress. Whatever you plant, be sure to keep the soil evenly moist (damp like a wrung out sponge) after planting and use an organic mulch to help keep the soil more evenly moist. Planting in late June is a very stressful time to plant because it is so hot -- the plants become stressed. Another option might be to use something like a tropical hibiscus or mandevilla vine or even canna lilies in large containers. Good luck with your planting and enjoy the lunch and wedding!

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