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Postby ari1 » Apr 15, 2013 5:06 am

I have a small, two-and-a-half meter (length) by one-and-a-half-meter (width) by 90 cm (depth) bed in the front yard that needs to be entirely revamped. It's in Zone 5B and faces a south-easterly direction. For the past four years it's showcased irises, but as nice as they look, they only bloom for two weeks max and then I have nothing but pointy leaves. I need some ideas on what to plant here. If it helps to narrow it down, I like old-world English types of gardens. Of course, in this space I don't have much space to work with. I wouldn't mind a mix of perennial (LEAFY) shrubs with bright annuals.
Additionally, the area where the gutter protrudes out is going to be covered with Baltic Ivy. Please see the attached photo.

Thanks in advance!
-Ari
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Re: In need of (urgent) help!

Postby ari1 » Apr 15, 2013 1:55 pm

Thank you for the photos, really helps to visualize what it'll look like. Do you know the name of the leafy, maroon-coloured plant in the first photo link and that maroon-coloured shrub in the second link?

Thanks!

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Re: In need of (urgent) help!

Postby Canadian Ent » Apr 15, 2013 10:51 pm

Old world in my mind was more shrubs and trees.

How about a few boxwoods - maybe globe and pyramid kept carefully trimmed to maintain the shape, and then some annuals of choice in and about?
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Re: In need of (urgent) help!

Postby ari1 » Apr 16, 2013 3:42 am

I was thinking a boxwood would work. I went to the local nursery, spoke with the landscape specialist there and he says when planting shrubs, do it in odd numbers so 1s 3s and 5s. With the space I have I'll probably go with three boxwoods, one each in the corners of the L-shaped bed. Other option is plant boxwood at the tips of the L-shaped bed and then a burning bush where the right-angles meet. Would that work or look odd? In between I could plant annuals, any suggestions as to which ones would work best? I want a lot of colour and something that would last through spring into summer and maybe even fall.

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Re: In need of (urgent) help!

Postby conniepr » Apr 16, 2013 7:54 am

The first one I believe is a Heuchera (or coral bells) but I'm not sure what the maroon one in the second picture is.
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Re: In need of (urgent) help!

Postby Canadian Ent » Apr 17, 2013 10:00 pm

ari1 wrote:I was thinking a boxwood would work. I went to the local nursery, spoke with the landscape specialist there and he says when planting shrubs, do it in odd numbers so 1s 3s and 5s. With the space I have I'll probably go with three boxwoods, one each in the corners of the L-shaped bed. Other option is plant boxwood at the tips of the L-shaped bed and then a burning bush where the right-angles meet. Would that work or look odd? In between I could plant annuals, any suggestions as to which ones would work best? I want a lot of colour and something that would last through spring into summer and maybe even fall.

Thanks for the response!


When it comes to annuals "I know what I like," but there are others on this site that would be far more competent to recommend some.

Another thought for you: Why not go with boxwoods and river stone? If your plan is to put a boxwood at each of the corners, you could also put a larger rock in between the boxwoods?

Here's a picture of my boxwood/rock garden (I did it all myself and I'm quite proud of it - it includes some big pieces of quartz - no so evident in the pictures - that I brought down from Muskoka):

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