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RE: plant suggestions please

Donna, how tall a plant or plant combination do you want there?  The hosta
is nice, which leads me to think a Hellebore there would blend right in with
perhaps some Jacob's ladder and an ethereal or two, like bleeding heart for
early spring.  Perhaps some Sweet Woodruff, (Galium ordorata) as they love
moisture and as the shade increases would do very well there, with a bit of
comfrey thrown in for spring color.  For more spring color (also loving
moisture) are primroses.  Most of these are not all that tall with the Sweet
Woodruff only being 3" or so tall.  If you want something taller with later
blooms, I'll see what else does well around here near the pond.  My pond is
in mostly shade, but around the margins I have different things.

For that place on the other side of the waterfall, Sweet woodruff or one of
the comfrey's would offer nice greens after their spring blooms and a place
for the eye to rest.

For that raised bed, do you want a different color foliage?  I love the
Sedum sarmentosum because of it's yellow green very low foliage and bright
yellow flowers.  It loves full sun and it is a very low grower to keep that
angel is the focal point.  There are lost of other low growing sun lovers
that would look good there.  Maybe a Passion plant?  It's purple in the
spring would be great.

For Picture 4, did you want something tall or something really tall?  Holly
hocks love a nice hot wall!  They are really tall and produce lovely flowers
all summer.  Depending on the type of holly hock you'd put there, ratty
leaves could be a problem if it is a showy area.  However, putting Cana
there might be an alternative.  They too like it "hot!"  If you want
something shorter, what about a beardtongue?  There are a variety of colors
these days for zone 5 and they attract the hummingbirds.  I really do like
my "husker's red" because it has that burgundy leaf structure and the white
blooms play off it well.  

What all is growing there in picture 5?  What colors are already there?
Most any semi-shade tolerant plant would look good there.  Is there a season
you want to hi-lite with color/blossoms?  Do you want annuals or perennials?

BTW, I love the coral bark blossoms!  They are great!

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Donna
Sent: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 10:10 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: [CHAT] plant suggestions please

Saturday I am going to visit 'that nursery' to fill some holes in my garden.
Looking for thoughts on what type plants to use. Any suggestions?  I took
these pictures when I got home tonight, so being zone 5 here, they will fill
out some....Still early here, we are not past our last frost date yet!

Pictures that correspond with the below text can be found here- (guessing
you will have to look around the album for them- didn't stay in the order I


Pictures 1a, 1b, 1c - are different angles of the same area. This is good
soil, drains well, but will occasionally get drowned if the pond decides to
leak- Normally, I catch that when I get home, so it isn't like that for
days, and does drain out quickly- kinda like oops-leaving the hose on all
day. For the most part it is full sun, but the trees are growing.  Note the
rock - there is a pipe running underground there to the filter, so the plant
can not break it with it's root system. 

My thought was something cute to view as you walk down the path to the back
area of the yard.

Picture 2- Other side of this waterfall. Got a small area that is shade. Not
sure what I want to do there. Might just let it be, as in somewhere to rest
your eye. Same scenario with soil and water as picture 1, but this is
crowded out by the bald cypress for light. 

Picture 3- no clue why two plants died there this winter. It is a raised bed
with great soil, full sun. Need something in front of the angel.

Picture 4- This bed hasn't been cleaned up yet, but I did take out a plant
that is now elsewhere cause it got too big. The big hole in front is not my
concern, as those other two plants will close that in- but behind against
the building? Been thinking for a year what to put there, but haven't come
up with anything good. It gets HOT there (western exposure), full sun, soil
is ok, but could be better. Drainage has never been an issue there.

Picture 5- Front raised bed, has plenty of room for anything. Good soil,
drains well, faces east so really only gets the morning sun.

Oh, and the last picture is just for kicks- Didn't realize the coral bark
tree flowered-- what a surprise!


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