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North Texas (Zone 8a)
Pennzies
Nov 5, 2018 9:38 AM CST
I had a plan in mind but it just doesn't seem to flow. Thoughts? It's purple diamond loropetalum and sunshine ligustrum. There is also a Japanese aucuba on the left of the loropetalum.
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DaisyI
Nov 5, 2018 10:23 AM CST
It doesn't flow because its too symmetrical.
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North Texas (Zone 8a)
Pennzies
Nov 5, 2018 10:26 AM CST
I agree 100%...looking for some ideas to change it up but don't really know what to do
North Texas (Zone 8a)
Pennzies
Nov 5, 2018 10:51 AM CST
I have 4 purple diamond loropetalum, 3 sunshine ligustrum, 1 japonica aucuba and some cannas. How can I rearrange to make it not look so symmetrical.
North Texas (Zone 8a)
Pennzies
Nov 5, 2018 11:15 AM CST
Came up with this. Thoughts? I inserted a planter in there with a yew plum pine which i alrwady have-I'll post a pic below. I added pittosrporum to the far right as well
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Aphria
Nov 5, 2018 11:59 AM CST
Some type of ornamental grass or astelia perhaps would provide some movement to the area?
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DaisyI
Nov 5, 2018 12:38 PM CST
Pennzies said:Came up with this. Thoughts? I inserted a planter in there with a yew plum pine which i alrwady have-I'll post a pic below. I added pittosrporum to the far right as well
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Much better!
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Henderman
Nov 5, 2018 4:27 PM CST
A row of marigolds, or other short/medium height flower, in front of the whole bed might be what you want.

I'm not sure what your climate is like over there in Texas (Howdy Neighbor!) so you might have to make adjustments for the season.

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tx_flower_child
Nov 5, 2018 11:49 PM CST
You're very creative @Henderman. Not sure how you 'painted' the flowers into the picture..

Marigolds are on their way out. They like summer. But there are other cheery annuals that would be nice kind of woven in and around the larger plants. The cannas will provably die back over the winter but will return. So keep that in mind when you're designing. Also, what color are the cannas?

There are a number of native grasses that would brighten up the area. Again, I'd think about weaving them around here and there. Give me a little time and I'll remember their names.
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Christine
Nov 6, 2018 7:53 AM CST
I would add hanging plants in colorful containers from the fence, cute fur baby Smiling
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tx_flower_child
Nov 6, 2018 10:02 AM CST
@Christine — Totally agree with the hanging plants and the fur baby. In fact I've been trying to get a better look at the fur baby. 👁
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Nov 6, 2018 10:11 AM CST

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Can you even plant anything at the base of the trees? Sometimes it's hard to dig down depending on where the roots are.
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North Texas (Zone 8a)
Pennzies
Nov 6, 2018 10:17 AM CST
It's pretty hard to dig around the trees, those roots are spread all over!!

Here's a closer look at our fur babies Smiling

Love the idea of hanging plants!
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Christine
Nov 7, 2018 6:36 AM CST
Both your fur babies are adorable Lovey dubby Please post photo's when your done nodding
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stone
Nov 7, 2018 7:07 AM CST
You know?
I wouldn't plant any of those exotics...
I'd go with farkleberries... (vaccinium arboreum)

Although... Those might be difficult to get...

Or... Regular high bush blueberries, and some elderberries...

Around here, those lorapetelum and privet rapidly outgrow their spot and any amount of punning isn't ever enough.

How do you feel about vines?

That fence looks like just the spot for some hyacinth beans.... Or... Yard long beans, Cherokee tears beans... Or... Some impomea alba.
Summer annuals, so you'd have to wait till spring...

Alternatively, there are gorgeous pics online of fences covered in cross vine... Or... There's a thread in the vines forum about peppervine...
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tx_flower_child
Nov 7, 2018 9:31 AM CST
I thought about vines but couldn't remember which ones are the 'take no prisoners'. So many pretty vines do well here. Just that some do too well.

Have a suggestion for a low growing, evergreen, pretty little native. Common name is Texas Pink Skullcap. Was looking at mine yesterday and was amazed at how much it's grown in the past year despite the benign neglect it gets from me. Mine has tiny little pink flowers. There are a few pictures in our database but think I'll get a new one of mine.
North Texas (Zone 8a)
Pennzies
Nov 7, 2018 10:04 AM CST
I just looked up the skullcap and it's so pretty! Does it die back in the winter?

I'm always open to any vines-just don't want it to climb over into the neighbors yard
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tx_flower_child
Nov 7, 2018 1:03 PM CST
I'm on my way to take a pic of the skullcap. It's at the back of the yard so never really noticed whether it dies back. The database says it's evergreen.

Was reading about it last night and learned what I might want to do with mine to gussy it up a little. Also for a little trivia boost I read how it got its common name of'skullcap'.
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Nov 7, 2018 5:55 PM CST

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tx_flower_child
Nov 7, 2018 10:50 PM CST
Thanks, Sue. Now I know that mine is 2 - 3 years old. :)

I think I got the plant in a little 4" pot. I don't have a lot of sun so I just plant where I can and hope for the best. Wish I'd kept better track. And wish I'd taken a picture this spring when it was loaded with little flowers. It was one of the first plants to start blooming and it bloomed for months.

Here's what it looks like now. It's been spreading. I need to give it a trim.


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