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20002 (Zone 7a)
Aug 19, 2016 6:48 AM CST
Hi, all - Just moved into my first house (!!) and looking for advice. We have empty front yard space where we'll put in three raised beds. Any suggestions for how to get a garden started in zone 7a? We want two of the beds to be flowers and one to be vegetables. This is my first experience with a yard so any and all advice welcome!
Name: Jessie Worsham
Stockbridge, GA (Zone 8a)
Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
Daylilies Hostas Heucheras Cat Lover Echinacea Hybridizer
Irises Region: Georgia
Aug 19, 2016 6:58 AM CST
Hi Ashley! Welcome!
Thanks for including your zone. That is so helpful! I am in Zone 8a, but right on the border with 7b near Atlanta, GA. I like "easy care" perennials. More blooms, less work! I grow (in sunny areas) iris, dayliles, black eyed susan, coneflower (echinacea), gaillardia, coreopsis, angel trumpet, tall garden phlox and butterfly bush. For shade I have mostly hostas, heuchera and hydrangeas. Are there any particulars you are looking for, like a certain color, or plants that attract butterflies? Also, if you are willing to list your city, that might encourage locals to suggest plants that do well in your area.
Name: J.R. Baca
Pueblo West Co. ( High Dessert (Zone 6a)
Sep 3, 2016 5:37 PM CST
Hello Ashley, and welcome!
My suggestion would be a single purchase at your local bookstore. Lasagna Gardening by Patricia Lanza. It will inform and enthuse you and can also be used as a reference for both flowers and veggies.Good luck!

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