Landscape Design forum: Circle Landscaping Ideas Needed

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Name: DiyWaterDog
Cleveland, Ohio
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diywaterdog
May 1, 2017 8:15 AM CST
Hey Folks,

Need some dire help. My wife and I will never agree on what to do with this island. Hoping you all can share some ideas of what we should do with this island. History has been I do something then told... "what you should have done"...

A few years ago I tore out a large Pompas ornament grass that was in the center along with some overgrown sand cherry bushes and some sorry perennials. All that stands now in the center is a Crimson Red Maple that will one day shade our home against the morning sun.

Some details. We are located about 5 miles from the shores of Lake Erie in a western suburb of Cleveland, Ohio.

20 ft. diameter
Full Sun
Need drought resistant
Deer Resistant
Mostly shrubs wanted
Some perennials are OK.
NON-Symmetrical Design
LOW MAINTENANCE




Would greatly appreciate any sketches with plant names that people would care to share.
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Thanks,

DiyWaterDog
Name: Dana P
Canton, OH (Zone 6a)
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bloominholes2fill
May 1, 2017 1:46 PM CST
@diywaterdog Welcome!

I don't have a sketch, but thought I'd pipe in with suggesting some things. First of all, being that you have seating there, daylilies are a great perennial to keep bees at a minimum. You won't be "bee free", but it would be comfortable to relax there, with minimal "bee traffic". More perennials: Purple Coneflower (or any color), Black Eyed Susan & Salvia, but bees are a consideration with it. Silver Mound Artemisia is a lovely low growing semi evergreen, along with Creeping Phlox and Cranberry Cotoneaster. Red or Yellow Twig Dogwood are nice deciduous bushes, for winter interest. There's always Boxwood and Barberry bushes. For vertical interest, Black Tower Elderberry, Skypencil Holly & Skyrocket Juniper. For a focal point, Weeping Norway Spruce or a sculpted topiary. Hope this helps, if a little bit! Good luck and Happy gardening! Thumbs up
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