Ask a Question forum: Need guidance selecting the right plant

Views: 295, Replies: 13 » Jump to the end
(Zone 7a)
Jun 6, 2016 6:21 PM CST
Photo of a section of my garden and pond, looking west. The black arrow points to a gap in front of the white rock where I would like a splash of color.
Must be perennial, and match the informal nature of the surroundings.
It gets full sun for several hours.

Any ideas ?

Thumb of 2016-06-07/stanshap/b88624

Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
Cottage Gardener Houseplants Spiders! Heucheras Frogs and Toads Dahlias
Hummingbirder Sedums Winter Sowing Peonies Region: Michigan Garden Ideas: Level 2
Jun 6, 2016 7:59 PM CST
Welcome! To give you a good answer we need to know your zone and general region
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Jun 6, 2016 8:28 PM CST
Wow! Beautiful! How about a herbaceous peony? Or a bright red penstemon? Japanese Anenome? Knowing the location of your outstanding garden would help though.

My suggestions are based on your very Aisian (to my eyes) looking garden.

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost
Name: Dee Moore
Arroyo Grande, CA (Zone 9a)
Seller of Garden Stuff Seed Starter Garden Art Butterflies Annuals Cactus and Succulents
Greenhouse Container Gardener Region: California Winter Sowing Garden Photography I helped beta test the first seed swap
Jun 6, 2016 9:34 PM CST
Looks like the Pacific Northwest to me (probably way off). My first thought was an anemone too, but a geranium would be nice also. Not a pelargonium, a true geranium like Geranium sanguineum.
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Identifier
Jun 6, 2016 9:46 PM CST
something tall and narrow. Maybe a sky pencil holly? I think they do eventually get kind of large, but they grow slow, at least mine does.
you can prune them to what you want also and they are a rich deep dark green which would look nice next to the lighter greens.
Name: Sue Taylor
Northumberland, UK
Charter ATP Member Bookworm Amaryllis Houseplants Annuals Garden Photography
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Foliage Fan Bulbs Bee Lover Frogs and Toads Container Gardener
Jun 7, 2016 12:52 AM CST
Do you want a perennial or a shrub? Flowers or foliage? How about a hosta? There are some fabulous leaf forms. Or a columnar yew. Or a candelabra primula.
Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
Charter ATP Member Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Mid-Atlantic Composter Region: Maryland Birds
Cat Lover Dog Lover Region: United States of America
Jun 7, 2016 6:49 AM CST
Sounds like you want flowers. Or would gold or variegated foliage work?

I am thinking something with grasslike foliage would be nice contrast, Siberian Iris? Spring bloom, compact plant that won't need dividing like standard germanica Iris,and grasslike foliage that stays decent looking through summer.
True geraniums are great too. But i'd like to get you something other than another mounded low plant.
..come into the peace of wild things..-Wendell Berry
Life is a buffet (anon)
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Herbs Orchids Birds Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Jun 7, 2016 9:14 AM CST
I'd go for a water iris. If the pond level ever rises so their feet are wet some plants wouldn't like it, but iris don't mind wet feet. The foliage would be a nice sharp vertical contrast in there. Plus of course the beautiful flowers would be a plus in the spring.

Is there sun on that part of the garden for some of the day?

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
[Last edited by dyzzypyxxy - Jun 7, 2016 9:15 AM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #1174775 (8)
(Zone 7a)
Jun 7, 2016 9:42 AM CST
Thanks to all - I'll check into all these.

Sorry I didn't show location - I had it on a first draft !
I'm in Northern New Jersey - zone 7a

I think tall and narrow would be out of place with the shapes around it - rather a low clump. Preferably flowers, but contrasting foliage would be good too.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
Tropical Plants & More
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
Jun 7, 2016 10:14 AM CST
How about "Leopard Flower aka "Blackberry Lily", Belamcanda chinensis? It is a perennial and is a summer bloomer. Mine all die down in the fall, after the first frost, and then reappear in the spring. The plants only get about 18-24" tall and the flower stalk a foot taller. They look great growing in clumps and the blooms are really nice, swaying in the breeze. This is actually of the Iris family, not the Lily family.

Thumb of 2016-06-07/drdawg/368f2a Thumb of 2016-06-07/drdawg/a8e93c

Thumb of 2016-06-07/drdawg/48c2ee Thumb of 2016-06-07/drdawg/cdd47c 9 mo. old seedlings

drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More
I don't have gray hair, I have wisdom-highlights. I must be very wise.
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Procrastinator Greenhouse Dragonflies Plays in the sandbox I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
The WITWIT Badge I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Container Gardener Seed Starter
Jun 7, 2016 12:03 PM CST
What about a geum? Mrs. Bradshaw has nice bright red flowers.
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
Charter ATP Member Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Mid-Atlantic Composter Region: Maryland Birds
Cat Lover Dog Lover Region: United States of America
Jun 7, 2016 3:51 PM CST
How about Heuchera, purple foliage to pick up on the purple in the maple- ?-behind? Or any color. The color would last all summer, not a short bloom time of most perennials. Rounded mound, large leaf. Unless too sunny.
..come into the peace of wild things..-Wendell Berry
Life is a buffet (anon)
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
Charter ATP Member Celebrating Gardening: 2015 I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped beta test the first seed swap Garden Sages Region: United States of America
Region: Michigan Seed Starter Vegetable Grower Greenhouse Birds Butterflies
Jun 7, 2016 4:40 PM CST
Welcome to, @stanshap ! Your garden is absolutely beautiful... I think there have been some great suggestions made, and I'm on "team some sort of iris" myself. I hope you will share more photos with us once you decide on what to plant there! Thumbs up
"Blessed is he who has learned to laugh at himself, for he shall never cease to be entertained."
- John Powell / - A Universe of Communities
/ Share your recipes: Favorite Recipes A-Z cubit
C/F temp conversion / NGA Member Map
Name: Rosie
If it sparkles - I'm there!
Region: North Carolina Bookworm
Jun 7, 2016 4:46 PM CST
I am with Sally in that you need something with the deeper color to marry it to the burgundy foliage on the other side. I would love to see a hot chartreuse color near the burgundy - would be stunning. But not sure it would look good in that spot because of the other shades of green you have ...but you could start with a spurge that would like that site and have varying levels of the red tones. I got these off the net. Would be in keeping with the shapes you prefer. I have a cushion near our rock pond side and it looks good. We do not have fish. The last two are photos of the cushion sp. at our house ..seen in the foreground. This is about as round as it gets. Will die to ground in winter -- which I like because it makes leaf clean up easy

Thumb of 2016-06-07/MISSINGROSIE/f8f179
Thumb of 2016-06-07/MISSINGROSIE/6cf5ee
Thumb of 2016-06-07/MISSINGROSIE/48f360
Thumb of 2016-06-07/MISSINGROSIE/70fc41
Thumb of 2016-06-07/MISSINGROSIE/749f94

Thumb of 2016-06-07/MISSINGROSIE/75af88
Thumb of 2016-06-07/MISSINGROSIE/0a59bb
Don't squat with yer spurs on!

People try to turn back their "odometers." Not me. I want people to know 'why' I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved
[Last edited by MISSINGROSIE - Jun 7, 2016 4:47 PM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #1175294 (14)

« Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Ask a Question forum
Only the members of the Members group may reply to this thread.

Today's site banner is by Fleur569 and is called "Amaryllis Minerva"