|two 14'(L)x6'(W)garden beds either side of front stoop; shrubs, perrenials? Need help choosing easy care shrubs, plants and designing layout - HELP!|
|The only design consideration is that you'll want to plant the tallest plants in the back of the bed and the smaller ones in the front. Some perennials to consider growing include those that are long blooming and well suited to New Jersery. Here are my favorites:
Agastache "Blue Fortune"- Compact habit, 2-3'. Selected for its profusion of long lasting, deep blue flower spikes, that appear from July to September. Fragrant hyssop foliage. Prefers average dry locations. This is a butterfly magnet! Good drainage is needed for all agastache.
Aster X frikarti "Moench" is a long blooming (June- Oct.) blue aster that reaches 24-30".
Chrysanthemum leucanthemum "Becky"- Long living 30-36" Shasta Daisy. Large white daisies with yellow centers bloom in June and July over sturdy dark green foliage. Sun- Part Shade.
Coreopsis vert. "Moonbeam"- 1992 Perennial Plant Assoc. Plant of the Year, this 18" thread leaf type has pale yellow flowers all summer long. C. vert. "Zagreb" is another long blooming thread leaf type, this has a more compact habit(15") and clear yellow flowers. Sun.
Echinacea purpurea- Coneflowers like sun and average to dry soils. "Magnus"- Rose-pink form(3?). "Bright Star"- This 2-3' long lived perennial has rose-pink daisy-like flowers from July to September. Good butterfly attractor. "White Swan"- A white flowering form of "Bright Star".
Hemerocallis- "Happy Returns"- 3 1/2" clear lemon yellow flowers start in mid May and repeat until September. "Pardon Me"- Wine red 2 3/4" flowers start mid-late season and rebloom on 18" scapes. One of the longest blooming daylilies. "Stella D'Oro"- 2 3/4" slightly fragrant golden yellow flowers on a 18" scape, this 16" plant blooms from early mid season on. Sun- part shade. Deer Love it!!!
Nepeta- The Catmints bloom all summer and are of no interest to cats. They prefer a well drained, sunny location. N. "Walker?s Low"(2?) is a prolific bloomer with bluish purple flowers April to Oct. N. siberica "Souvenir D?Andre Chaudron" is a hardy selection(2-4?) with blue flowers for most of the summer.
Rudbeckia- Black-eyed Susans or Coneflowers like sun to part shade areas with good drainage. Rudbeckia fulgida var. fulgida- Smaller flowers than "Goldstrum" but longer blooming, going from mid-July to October. 2-2.5? with shiny green foliage. Rudbeckia fulgida "Goldsturm"- One of the best varieties, large deep yellow daisy-like flowers with a black cone center in July- September on nicely branched 2' plant.
Salvia nemerosa "Blue Hill"- True blue flowers from June to September. Compact habit to 15 " and very floriferous. S. N. "Snow Hill"- White form. S. vertcillata "Purple Rain"- This new salvia is covered lush, smoky purple flower spikes from June- Sept.. Reaching 24", it is happy in full sun or part shade.
Sedum Most like sun and well drained areas. "Autumn Joy"- Pink rounded flower clusters begin in July and change to red by Sept. and Oct. Loves hot and dry spots(2'-3').
You can choose some small shrubs such as Skimmia or Perth Amboy Indian Hawthorne as anchor plants. Enjoy your garden!