I need some suggestions please. . .

babera(5a (Montana))July 14, 2014

I am in the process or redoing my main flower bed off the patio. I lost 2 boxwoods this past winter, which was OK in the end. I have since decided I would rather have flowers where they were. I did leave the main bones in the bed : dwarf burning bush, heliopsis, hibiscus, 2 peonies (just because I am afraid to move them) and a Stella d'oro lily. I have a lot of pink, purple and white beds so I decided to do this one in bright colors. Also I already have the red and yellow there. I recently bought gaillardia Arizona sun, black-eyed Susan, salvia Marcus and coreopsis moon beam. Here's my problem. . . I also bought Gaillardia red Plume only to find out it's an annual. A self seeder if let go, I don't want that in this bed, there isn't enough room to have self seeders. I need something medium height (1-2') for the back center. Preferably red. The bed is full sun, decent soil with good drainage. I have a young red yarrow I was thinking about plopping in there. It will be between the coreopsis and Black-eyed Susans. Will it get tall enough to work in the back and will it get too big and dwarf the other plants in there? All/most of the plants in here appreciate drying out between thourgh waterings. If any of you have a better suggestion I'd love to hear from you.

PS this is a double sided flower bed, it can be seen from the driveway as well as the yard, divided by an iron fence. I placed the taller plants (hibiscus and Heliopsis) on the corners. I don't want the tallest ones in the back b/c I like to watch the grandkids play in the driveway. I also noticed a cutting of Clematis left from a transplant growing along the fence which I will let be.

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Kirstin Zone 5a NW Chicago

Monarda 'Jacob Cline' might be a good option

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 8:34PM
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babera(5a (Montana))

Awwwww good answer kiri. . . right size, color and will be a happy in that spot. . . I see Bluestone Perennials has some but they don't ship til fall. . . Thanks. . .

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 10:04PM
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diggerdee zone 6 CT

I love, love, love my Chicago Apache daylilies - and I don't even like red, lol!


P.S. I hesitated to put this particular link in, since when I called it up the first review was not favorable. But this is the best photo in terms of color, IMO. Just the like color in real life in my garden.

Here is a link that might be useful: Chicago Apache

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 10:48PM
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babera(5a (Montana))

That is a beauty Dee. . . I do have a few red lilies in there (I forgot about them til this season when they bloomed) They just don't stick around long enough. I do appreciate the link and suggestion, Thank You. . .!

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 12:06AM
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