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Postby The Novice » May 03, 2008 9:46 pm

Well the weather has finely warmed up - hopefully this means no more snowfalls.

Was out admiring my garden bed today and decided that maybe I need to get one bigger shrub or plant to set into the middle of the bed - from there picking plants and placing them should be easier.

In thinking of the bigger type of shrub or plant that I could put in the middle I would like something with nice foilage in the spring/summer, preferably some flowers in the summer, and colourful foilage in the fall.

Does anybody have any suggestions? I am in Zone 3.

The plants currently in the bed are monkshood and cranesbill - they need to be relocated.
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Postby Eeyore » May 04, 2008 12:12 am

Hi Novice - could you please add your zone to your profile for future reference! :D Thanks!

How big are you looking for? In zone 3 you can grow Mountain Ash. It's great for attracting birds once it becomes established. There are several crab-apples that will work as well. Dogwoods, One of the Silverleafs would be great! Viburnums. Saskatoon Berry.... Just to mention a few.

Would you prefer a tree or a shrub in the center of the bed?

Personally, in that location I'd be looking at something like a silverleaf dogwood right at the corner of the house and some Barberry or maybe Hydrangea under the window. A couple of Birdsnest Spruce and then interplanted with Daylilys, and Lilies and possibly a nice low rosebush in the front corner....

I'm a bit anal about plants that spread, the Cranesbill would have to go. I find that Monkshood behaves well in my garden.
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Postby Sheikea » May 05, 2008 9:41 am

Where does that flower bed sit is it in the front or the back or the side?I would remove that one too..LOL.Put it where it won't be a prob..I would put a nice weeping maple there .The smaller ones.I was looking at some the other day at the greenhouse or a Caragana weeping one.Sorry don't know their names atm.Or you could do more a cluster to the back and not the middle and do a Nine bark or a plum shrub.Nice folage and pink flowers nice colours to in the fall..Then I would go perrinial mad with tons of variations and sizes.Keep in mind bigger ones to the back.. :)
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Postby The Novice » May 06, 2008 12:20 am

Thanks for the suggestions. I have started researching the dwarf lilacs, and barberry, will begin on the ninebarks.

As you can see from the pic I posted todaywe renovated that flowerbed last fall. It is located in the "front" of the house. It is a part sun part shade bed.

I hope to one day have it full of perennials - and I have a million ideas as to what plants I want - just not sure how to put it all together. So I thought I would start with one primary shrub/tree/plant and work from there. One of the plants I do want is Hydrangea and I have a spot reserved for them already - but I thought they needed some sun so was planning to put them just around the corner of the house - if you can see the flowerbed just wraps about the corner before ending.
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Postby Sheikea » May 06, 2008 9:19 am

Oh yes i see and now I see it is in the front as well..Perinnials are a sure win way to go and less work.I myself have just started a few new beds two join preexixsting ones so gotta get at it..LOL :D
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