Landscape Design forum: Plant suggestions for front of house

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New to Virginia
May 13, 2017 9:26 AM CST
Hi, hoping to get ideas for garden design for foundation and entry way. New to the area - moved from a high desert to mid VA - a bit overwhelmed ( it rains here!) The house faces north and deer are a problem. Prefer native plants. Would also like something that fits with the cape code architecture.
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Name: Sean B
Riverhead, NY (Zone 7a)
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May 13, 2017 7:31 PM CST
So beautiful! Congratulations. It looks like you have some boxwoods and pieris japonica to start (?). I'd say that is an awesome beginning.

A nice rhododendron might be nice a the right corner, but rhodies are a bit of a crap shoot with deer, yet they do stand a chance. Hydrangea are a better bet. As much as I like azaleas, the deer here regularly munch on them. Best rule of thumb is to check to see what's working for the neighbors, and what the local nurseries carry. Helleborus (aka Lenten Rose) is a sure winner with deer, and also work well with the northern exposure. Be sure to give them some thought.

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