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What to plant??

This will be the second summer in our new house. Last year we weren't sure what was going to come up so we didn't plant anything. This year we'd like to do some landscaping but neither of us are very good at it. The front of our house is shaded about 90% of the time. Right now there is a rhodadendrum and a couple of bushes that didn't do much last year. This area has about a foot tall brick border around the front of the house but not much planted. Also in the front yard is a brick border around a large tree. We planted some hostas there but it doesn't get much rain there and I'm not sure if they'll come back. Any ideas what we could plant? It will need to be something with some height. Thanks!

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the3jsandme

Asked by the3jsandme at 8:28 PM on Mar. 30, 2009 in Home & Garden

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  • you could start with hydrangeas, closer to the house..they will eventually spread out and some get as big as 4-5' tall. you don't have to cut them back in winter, unless you need to get rid of some. shorter plants in front, like impatiens and begonias have lots of color and will spread a bit, also. kinda drawing a blank on medium plants to put inbetween those two. just visit your local nursery, and tell them you have mostly shaded area. they will be glad to tell you want plants/flowers you can use...doesn't mean you have to purchase from them...you can always take your 'suggestions list' and shop around.
    thehairnazi

    Answer by thehairnazi at 9:54 PM on Mar. 30, 2009

  • I would suggest finding flowers that will blossom throughout the entire summer. I like to have crocus in the front, or marigolds that are short, and then go into a taller flower like snap dragons that bloom all summer and into the fall. then I find a taller one to put in the back.
    cheesybite

    Answer by cheesybite at 6:04 AM on Mar. 31, 2009

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