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Jan 28, 2017 4:18 PM CST
Starting a new garden in Nebraska.
House is located in town and has zero landscape. Seeking suggestions for evergreens, perennials, bushes simply was grows best.
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Jan 28, 2017 8:03 PM CST
Hi Jane, and welcome. That's a tall order, without a bit more information. Could you possibly post a couple of pictures of your yard? No trees whatsoever? No grass? Driveway? Walkways? Patio? Any irrigation anywhere? Is it a brand-new house? What's your soil like? (if you don't know about soil, ask the County Extension service)

You should start with trees as a framework. Every garden needs some shade, and a tree near (but not too near) the southwest corner of your house will eventually give you shade to help keep the house cool in summer, too. Good choices for trees will be at a local nursery - NOT at Home Depot or Lowe's or Wal-Mart. (they sell whatever their national buyer sends them, not always the right plants) You can probably get some recommendations from your County Extension Service on which nurseries to try. Most are closed until spring planting season is upon us, but it's good to get the info.

Next, you should figure out what colors, and what flowers you like. A good strategy when starting a whole new garden is to walk the neighborhoods near you, and take pictures of established landscaping that appeals to you. Go back every few weeks or so, and see what's in bloom in the gardens you like. Get to know the people if you can, good advice will be available from them!

You can't go wrong with daylilies and iris, to begin with. They are generally hardy, widely available in a vast array of forms and colors and increase to beautiful large clumps over the years if they're given basic good care. Head on over to the forums for those, and do some reading. Ask questions too, the experts (addicts) on those plants love to give advice and guidance.

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Name: kathy
Zone 4b, near St. Clair MI
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Feb 2, 2017 7:52 PM CST
Hi, Jane, what fun you are about to have. Take a picture of your garden area as it is now. Years from now you will smile when you realize how far you've come.
I'm zone 4b here in michigan. My lily collection does very well; so do iris, shasta daisey, and my lavenders are over 40 years old and vibrant. Peony of all kinds including tree peony do great. Dogwoods bloom if i fertilize in spring. Tarda tulips in all colors multiply wonderfully. Sedium are an excellent choice, too. How about zebra grass, very hardy in zone 4. Grape hycienth, checker lilies, all the above are in my garden and thriving for years.
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Feb 3, 2017 7:39 PM CST
Thank you Elaine and Kathy for reply to "gardening zone 4".... all suggestions being considered while seeking websites that pertain to zone 4. Mostly cornfields here and have yet to find a garden to admire. Have decided to use "Wichita Blue Juniper " as starter bones along with a blazing red maple tree. Property is very old and neglected. Have a lot of soil prep before planting
Name: Amanda
KC metro area, Missouri (Zone 6a)
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Feb 3, 2017 7:46 PM CST
Here is a nursery that is based in Ohio and they have a zone finder on there to help find plants for your zone.

This link is for perennials but you can look at anything there, just set the zone to 4.


More links to help.

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