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Design for all season, well behaved 6 X 8 garden

Posted by debbieg_2010 6 (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 8, 10 at 21:25

I'd like help designing a horseshoe shaped 6'X 8' garden on the south side (full sun) of my house in front of a bay window. It's the center section of an existing perennial garden with peonies, shastas, delphiniums, etc. I had a garden there, but it was taken over by Bouncing Bet. I had to use Roundup on everything that was in there and now I'm in the process of removing rocks and roots and amending the soil. It will be a little mounded up by the time I'm done.

I want mostly perennials with maybe some annuals for instant color. In the past, I have picked some perennials that take over. What can I plant together that will behave and provide color from spring through fall? I'd like a high center to the garden, but not so high as to block my view from the bay window. (I know a picture would help, but I'm not that computer savvy!) I have deer problems. Thanks!

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RE: Design for all season, well behaved 6 X 8 garden

I know nothing about what deer will or won't eat, so I can't suggest plants, but I'd like to suggest some additional information you could provide:

If you don't want the bay window blocked, please tell us how far off the ground it is.

Is the 6' side against the house, or the 8' side? (8' I assume, but maybe not.)

Do the other beds on this side of the house contain anything evergreen? Any deciduous shrubs?

What colors are the other beds on this side of the house? Any colors you want to include in this bed? Any colors to stay away from?

[I'm not sure there is anything that will behave, won't take over, will bloom (or otherwise provide color) from spring through fall, is tall -- but not too tall, and won't attract deer.]

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