Bed suggestions needed

maries1120April 27, 2013

I want to make an island bed along the side of our backyard. Right now we have an Autumn Purple Ash that we planted 7 yrs ago - before EAB reports. That would be at one end of the bed. For the other end I ordered a Golden Glory Dogwood. I have 20 ft from the ash to where the bed would end. Should I put the dogwood all the way at the end or leave a few ft for something else or just mulch? I want to put smaller shrubs and maybe perennials in here too but no idea on where to start or what would look good. The area should still get quite a bit of sun. The small shadow from the ash goes east and west and the bed runs N & S. Some shrubs I like are:
Hydrangeas (smooth, oak leaf or paniniculata)
Buddleia - more like a perennial here
Open to others

Perennials - open to suggestions on ones to add once shrubs are selected or if I should skip these and just keep it very simple with shrubs.

I don't have a width or shape yet. Overall length will be 20 plus whatever we add to the other side of the ash.


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I saw this long bed this morning and took a picture for consideration in my own yard. It is over 50 ft long and primarily trees/small trees/shrubs although there may be perennials that haven't emerged yet.

Looks like a fir on the far right side. I like how it includes shrubs/small trees of different shapes (upright, vase, low) and bark color variety (red dogwood and birch I am guessing) along with a few evergreens.

For your bed, you could imagine splitting this bed in half between the two white birch trees and you'd have an idea of possible planting a for an approx 20 ft bed.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 12:47PM
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Thanks for posting the pic. I like the simpleness of this.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 8:02PM
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