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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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Posts: 7384 | Location: Highland, CA Zone 9b  | Registered: Sep 18, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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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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Posts: 7384 | Location: Highland, CA Zone 9b  | Registered: Sep 18, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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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.
 
Posts: 2991 | Location: Liberty, S.C. | Registered: Mar 29, 2008Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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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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Posts: 4563 | Location: midwest | Registered: Aug 26, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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And this was close to it, not as impressive -

 
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I suppose the color is off, substitute the pink for another color

 
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same colors in a pot but bolder.

 
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stuff mixed in-

 
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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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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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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-

 
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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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Posts: 7384 | Location: Highland, CA Zone 9b  | Registered: Sep 18, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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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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Posts: 7384 | Location: Highland, CA Zone 9b  | Registered: Sep 18, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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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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Posts: 7650 | Location: Maryland, USA | Registered: Jun 28, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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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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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.


Lucky

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Posts: 12594 | Location: north of 50 in Canada | Registered: Feb 08, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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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
 
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