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Greenville, South Carolina
burgesj
Jun 2, 2020 12:56 PM CST
My wife owns a small business and the front of the business needs an update. I want to help with the landscape aspect for her since my thumb is much greener. However we both lack design creativity, knowledge of plants, and landscaping principles in general.

Hoping someone might make suggestions and help us decide:
1: Appropriate plants for the two 5 gallon planters?
2: Right side of door: what to replace the 6ft x 6ft section of liriope and the frail Nandina with?
3: Left side of door: I'll probably just trim the large prickly bush for now. Any ideas for future are very welcome.

Goals:
Budget friendly (not cheap)
Low Maintenance as possible
Should we expect to have a warm weather design and a cold weather design?

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Her business is in Greenville SC.
Weather Zone 6
Plants will be watered every other day or so if needed
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Jun 3, 2020 1:29 AM CST
Take the photo to a local nursery and ask for the best plants for that area. The local hortiliculturest in your area would be the one that would know best.
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Jun 3, 2020 2:00 AM CST
Or contact your local extension agent, and have him put you in contact with your local Master Gardener group. They can give you excellent help and information, it's free, and they won't try to sell you anything. Whistling
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BigBill
Jun 3, 2020 5:50 AM CST
If that right front corner is yours, I would plant a slender evergreen. Some like a pyramid cedar. It would require very little care as it slowly grew taller. By putting either white or colored LED lights spiraling up and down the tree, you have a winter/Christmas time decoration.

On the left. I would prune that bush back 18"-24". Prune the complete bush all around, from top to bottom. I would like to see a large size planter installed there with another smaller pyramidal evergreen around 3' tall. This would give you two tall anchors at opposite sides of the entryway.

If the left planter is large enough, seasonal annuals could be planted around the cedar to provide color. The annuals planted would be based upon the amount of sun. They might require a good watering once a week or so.
If that 5' x 5' area in the corner is yours you could put daylillies or other perennials in the back half and then bright annuals up front and down the side towards the doorway.
I think you might be looking at $500 initially because of container cost and two evergreens but with those in place and some perrenials too, you
Might be looking at 50-75 dollars for annuals every year.
Anyway, that was my suggestion. If you like pink say you could use pink coneflowers as your perrenial and red, pink and white impatiens at ground level.
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burgesj
Jun 3, 2020 7:25 AM CST
BigBill - thanks so much for the detailed reply. That certainly helps me get going! That 5'x5' area is ours and I like that idea. And is also around the cost I was looking to spend. Very helpful, thanks again.

THanks for the other responses as well. I'll be sure to enlist some local advice as well.

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Jun 3, 2020 7:29 AM CST
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Jun 3, 2020 9:17 AM CST
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stone
Jun 3, 2020 9:30 AM CST
I'm all for getting rid of that poison nandina...
The loripe... that is going to be difficult to improve upon.

It gives a no-mow impression of turf, is carefree, and very tough... Very important to consider in public use....

It just isn't the same as doing something at home.

Most people plant those tiny stella d oro daylilies or purple coneflower as commercial plantings... and while they are pretty... they aren't entirely carefree.

You're going to want to avoid exchanging something that works for a future endless problem.

A planting that I was always partial to.... here in the deep south... planters full of hot peppers!

I have tri-colour pepper plants... have been growing them for 30 years or so.... edible, pretty, they even stand-in for a tree at Christmas!

A mexican restaurant that I used to visit... had pepper plants out front... we had the option of picking some fresh peppers to go with our meal!
Greenville, South Carolina
burgesj
Jun 5, 2020 1:28 PM CST
Great advice, I am keen to keep it low maintenance. I think I will leave the loripe for now at least.

Peppers...Now that is a thinking outside the box! And my wife LOVES peppers.

Plan for this weekend is to:
Prune back that large prickly bush on the left.
Fill the 2 outside planters (peppers or other mix depending on wife's vote)
Fill 2 inside planters (gonna let folks at the plant place help me there)

Thanks again for the great ideas. Hopefully I wont mess it up and can post the changes later.

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Jun 5, 2020 1:34 PM CST
Positive thinking! I love it. Nothing but my best wishes!
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