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May 04, 2013, 06:13 PM
KG in CA
New planting opportunity...what to plant?
Our 20 year old plants in this area had outgrown the boundaries, and I finally convinced DH to take them out. What would YOU plant here? The maple is staying. This is northern exposure. I would like to go with lower plants this time...but also considering a dwarf JM. The lighting makes the tree look blah...but it is colorful.

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May 04, 2013, 06:15 PM
KG in CA
This area was covered with sword fern which came under the fence from the back yard. I kinda like it bare.




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May 04, 2013, 09:11 PM
jackierenette
Beautiful planter bed.I sure bet it was lovely when you had it planted.

If this was mine,bright cheery flowers,grasses and love the Iceplants as ground cover too.Some Stellas & few other daylilys that rebloom,candy tuff for spring blooms.Even if you just added pots of plants & flowers around will look pretty.
May 05, 2013, 01:26 AM
loverofdesign
Do you like that color of your tree. I do.
Do you want more color like the tree.Is this south or north facing us?
Love your house style. so you want color?

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May 05, 2013, 03:25 AM
loverofdesign
And this was close to it, not as impressive -


May 05, 2013, 03:29 AM
loverofdesign
I suppose the color is off, substitute the pink for another color


May 05, 2013, 03:32 AM
loverofdesign
same colors in a pot but bolder.


May 05, 2013, 03:34 AM
loverofdesign
stuff mixed in-


May 05, 2013, 03:39 AM
loverofdesign
that's all I got, cause I first thought it had more burgundy in it, and I see it doesn't. Just this kind of idea in pic. of the small plant in front. I was of course disregarding light requirements. so you probably need to disregard my post. lol.

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May 05, 2013, 03:45 AM
loverofdesign
the front of the house is not like yours but has good archt. as yours does. and of course the garden is more american english. you didn't get to see the stone work in front which is pretty much like yours one layer of stone. though this garden does go higher in the back and has a small pond with rockwork in back.

and I guess these are too tall. Just getting to post colors etc and style.

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May 05, 2013, 03:59 AM
loverofdesign
last one- I couldn't get to your garden pics to see what you like- these are tall, but wanted to show you the color with a bit more red-


May 05, 2013, 10:29 AM
KG in CA
Thanks for sharing your pictures! Photobucket has messed with a good thing & complicated what was simple. The link is working but you have to click to the far left to show the albums.

This spot has a northern exposure with little direct sun, and it is in shade by 12 - 1pm. We have VERY hot summers...85 to 105 is typical.


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May 06, 2013, 08:26 AM
KG in CA
I have been thinking about tallish grasses too, but they would have to be a non-self seeding kind if that makes any sense.


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May 07, 2013, 08:23 AM
Forensicmom
If this area is northern exposure, does it get much sun? If not, I would go with more shade/partial-shade loving plants. I'm not familiar with California gardens but do things die back in the winter? If so, it might be nice to have a few evergreens to use as the substance and year round, while adding the grasses, and other perennials.


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May 07, 2013, 11:18 AM
Beau's Rose
Hi KG,

Not sure what grows well in your zone but would want to select plants that stay on the smaller size. Layer and stager their placements in the bed. Cannas, hibiscus, bougainvillea, palms or grasses might work for you. Establish the base plants and fill in with annuals if you like for color.

Have you considered making the area in front of the window a seating area? Or adding a pretty fountain? What is on the right side of your pic? A courtyard or entry way? You have great windows and must enjoy looking out into the garden area.

Will the current tree be pruned up or will it stay that shape? Is that two trees or one? Can't tell if the one tree needs to be re-staked or not. Is it supposed to be upright or is it the nature of the tree?

It a nice garden bed and I might pull out the left side and put more curve into the line. You could even do that without disturbing the edge pavers and simply add a bed at the lower level. It would give it a different shape instead of the current "U" shape now.

Do you have a watering system or sprinklers there? Easy to add one now before plantings. Of course while you are designing the area consider adding some solar lights for accent also.

Have fun deciding on your plants and please show us your progress.


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May 07, 2013, 11:30 AM
joyluck
Since I garden in a very different climate it's difficult to advise you on specific plants. However going by the style of your house and considering this is a shady area I think foliage plants for shade might be best. The style of your house lends itself to a restrained garden style so you can leave some space between plants and heavily mulch for water conservation and for a finished look.

Here's a link showing shade plants for zone 9 which might help: http://www.backyardgardener.com/shade/zone9.html

Hope you post pics when this bed is planted up.


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May 11, 2013, 07:21 PM
loverofdesign
I see you did mention exposure right off and I misssed it. Happened to see this garden with orangish tree. Like the rocks etc. http://www.google.com/imgres?i...&ved=0CCwQrQMwADi0AQ