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What colors would you suggest?

Category: Garden Colors | Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 8:25 pm

In my gardens, I have a beautiful spring garden, but the problem is what flowers and colors would you suggest to add into them that would continue to bloom and come back every year.
Here are some photos of the garden area im refering too.

Mailbox Garden ( photo / image / picture from Gardening Grandma's Garden )

Crimson Queen/ Miniture Japenese Maple ( photo / image / picture from Gardening Grandma's Garden )

Purple Angel Wings ( photo / image / picture from Gardening Grandma's Garden )

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Droopy wrote on Wed May 27, 2009 9:22 pm:

That is a very difficult question to ask. Which colours do you like? Do you want creepers or tall plants? Is your soil acidic? I guess it is with the hostas and rhododendron. Which zone are you in?

I suggest you start with thinking about colour, height and bloom time, that ought to narrow it down a bit.

I can't think of any perennials that will bloom all season at the moment, but might eventually come up with some that bloom for a long time.

Gardening Grandma wrote on Wed May 27, 2009 9:56 pm:

I know im in zone 5 and my soil well not sure but i know its dark and good lol if that helps. no creapers and the plants can be a little tall in height - bout 3ft, i have windows i dont want to cover, color, im not sure maybe a yellow or orange to bring color up to the house cause its a red brick. thats where im running into a problem at. i had cannas and they just blocked the view totally so i moved them to the back. and the area is sunny with some shade. the colors i like are reds, oranges and yellows. i have plenty of purple, white would be beautiful too.

shannonrose wrote on Fri May 29, 2009 3:50 am:

I also live in zone 5. I too am not sure of any perrenials tht bloom all summer or fall. I use annuals that are easy to save seed from every year such as zinnias to add color where I can. I was looking at the pic of the house. The area near the door on the right ( Maybe the back side of a fireplace) I thought this looks like the perfect spot for clematis vine. I intertwine a summer and a fall bloomer for the best longevity of bloom with mine. I think it looks like you have a trellis there but it's hard to tell. It also seems like it would be good to balance out the side with the Jap. maple against the side with all the hosta. It looks a litlle empty there. Maybe add some other hostas there as well. I think maybe the best bet to find good flowers is to do a basic search for perrenials that are in the colors you like and narrow it down from there. The other thing you might consider is some low growing shrubs.

Gardening Grandma wrote on Fri May 29, 2009 8:09 am:

Against the fireplace wall is a grass that in this photo is just starting to grow again. I was looking yesterday on the web and kinda thinking of a maybe adding a tree that would be in a large pot to add height.
The clematis would be a great idea but it is 89% shade in that area honey. For years Id had a climbing hydrangea with no luck because their wasnt enough sun. I know the front side of the j. garden looks very bare at the moment and the hostas are a great idea , thank you. Id been wondering what to put there to kinda fill it out. Im trying to watch what I put up against the house because of the root system getting into the foundation. Another thing I ran across would be an above ground pond. Although Im not to sure if the maple would hide it or not.....


KatyBug wrote on Fri May 29, 2009 7:09 pm:

I think white flowers wold look really nice, and by picking up the color of the white rockbed, white would also probably give a more "finished look"


gardengater wrote on Sat May 30, 2009 8:34 pm:

Creeping Phlox is one of my favorites for a mailbox garden. I mix Pansies with it for color in spring and fall. Lovely garden spaces.

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