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Annapolis,, MD
Jun 14, 2017 5:06 PM CST

My wife found this plan for our front yard. Were in zone 7b. The only problem I see with this plan, is the lack of winter plants. Or lack of color there will be in the winter. I feel as if our front yard will be a bunch of dead (or resting) plants. Any suggestions on what we can add? We don't have a lot of space. The garden is about 9ft long by 6.5 foot width that tapers off to 4.5 foot. The front of it is 6 foot wide then tapers to 4.5 feet. We would probably have to rearrange the garden. What do the pro's think?

Thanks in advance!

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Jun 14, 2017 6:42 PM CST

Add a couple small growing evergreens. I too have a small garden but I, like you, want year 'round interest. The problem is finding plants that won't outgrow their allotted space. I planted a couple dwarf mugho pines and for height, dwarf upright conifers. Boxwood are evergreen and can be pruned to maintain size. I planted one a couple years ago and so far, it is staying small - no pruning yet.

One of my favorite online nurseries for tiny trees is:

Another option is to plant things that have winter interest such as Red Twig Dogwood. Although it goes dormant, it has bright red stems all winter.
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Annapolis,, MD
Jun 15, 2017 8:44 AM CST
Thanks for the suggestions! I like the way those look too.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Jun 15, 2017 10:48 AM CST
To me !!! From the just, of your letter. Im thinking, your looking for edibles with color, not just green.
Just off hand, im thinking, of.
Ornamental cabbage, edible, and comes in a few diferent colors. Nasturtiums, leaves and flowers edible. Rainbow chard. Snow peas, not showy, but tasty. 😜
Humm ?😕? Theres more.
Check out nursury when they get there fall vege plants in, come this fall. Thumbs up
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.

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