flower bed - Knowledgebase Question

chicago, Il
Question by scsycarter
April 11, 2010
flower bed is 7 feet in length, 4 feet 10 inches width. Center of flower bed has a round 3.5 feet tall evergreen bush. What type of ground cover should I used to enhance the appearence. Also, what bush or flower would work on both sides of the evergreen bush. There is 4 fee tof vacant space on each side of the bush.


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Answer from NGA
April 11, 2010

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How about planting a Dwarf Flowering Almond (Prunus glandulosa)? These shrubs grow 3-4' tall and wide. White or pink flowers (single or double depending on cultivar) in spring; fruit are small red cherries, usually produced in small numbers (or not at all on cultivars with double flowers). 'Alba Plena' - Double white flowers.
'Rosea Plena' - Double pink flowers.

Groundcovers might include White Nancy Spotted Dead Nettle (Lamium maculatum ?White Nancy?), a vigorous non-invasive grower that prefers partial shade. Will grow in full sun if grown in moist, rich soil. White flowers in late spring. Benefits from deadheading or shearing to keep plants neat looking and true to type. Excellent color contrast in borders and to lighten up darker areas. Space 6?10 inches apart; or Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans) that grows 2?3 inches tall with blue flowers in early spring. Prefers rich, well-drained soils. Small and large-leaved varieties available with foliage color ranging from bronze to variegated. Space 8?12 inches apart.


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