What to plant?
lindastahl
May 21, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Any ideas as to what I can plant here, including something that will stay green in the winter?
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studio10001
Well, not that guy! You already have hosta, so we know that will work toward the front, but plan on carrying across plant materials from the left bed for the rest, for cohesion. If light conditions prevent, contact your local nursery for selections that will do best in your zone, and meet soil, light and water requirements of surrounding plants in the bed now. Best of luck to you and your hard working helper.
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Reynolds Landscape and Pools
Plant selections vary according to zones. Which state do you live at?
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studio10001
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judianna20
We are in MA. I have two go-to plants that stay green all year and never disappoint.

Foundation is cherry laurels.

Ground cover is emerald gaiety euonymus. And Manhattan euonymus if I need to grow for privacy.
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Restoring our 1890 Victorian
If you get sun, my favorite flower is Benary giant zinnia… not perennial or evergreen, but SO easy to start from seed, flowers all summer long… and they make a FANTASTIC cut flower—huge blooms, and long vase life!! It’s an easy, dramatic way to add a lot of color!
Pic: http://victoriaelizabethbarnes.com/best-flowers-for-cutting-garden/

p.s. I second the laurel reccomendation.
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lindastahl
I live in Akron, Ohio
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vkilpatrick
Try googling native plants for your area! It's a great way to avoid introducing an invasive species and you are much more likely to have success with something that naturally grows in your area. Also, I personally like to plant something that provides a food source for birds since we are all in part to blame for declining natural food sources.
Have fun, that 's a pretty little spot you have.
Kingston, Ontario
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lindastahl
This is another photo after finishing today. Going for some hosta and your suggestions.
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vkilpatrick
Looks a bit shady, maybe some ferns too!
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For evergreens, you could use Boxwood or Holly. You could also use a Juniper. If you have shade, I agree ferns will be nice. Also Hydrangeas will be beautiful either Oak leaf or Hydrangea Macrophylla. Spireas and Azalea also another choice.
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Deborah Butler, Brickwood Builders
Love oak leaf hydrangeas massed together but they don't stay green in the winter. What about pieris japonica. It provides some interest or fringe flower (can't think of correct name).
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Deborah Butler, Brickwood Builders
I forgot about gardenias. Mine are a beautiful shiny deep green in the winter and don't bloom until June so it adds interest after other things have bloomed. They are easy to keep too - not much maintenance.
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leelee
A weeping blue spruce would be lovely there. Hope you still have room.
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