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« on: July 17, 2007 05:27:23 PM »

Here are 2 pics of my front side yard.  




you can see that some of it was once a flower bed.  I want to add some edging to make it a flower bed again.  The yard is on the northwest corner of the house.  Its shady most of the day because of the house and trees.  I already have some shady plants like hosta and lily of the valley to plant.  I want to do more with it than just flowers (because I HATE to weed).  I am thinking a water feature of some sort.  
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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2007 07:41:08 PM »



By planting some tall astibile in the back, it will draw your eye through the garden.  You could put a small patio in and put pea gravel inbetween the stones or plant creeping thyme in to help take care of the weeds.  If you added an earth berm, it would help add a lot of interest too.  If you don't use the area, just walk by it everyday, it might not be worth adding a pool that no one would stop to admire.
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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2007 08:10:08 PM »

oh wow, you even made a map, you rock! how much do I owe you for the consult!?!?  Cheesy 
my husband and I spend quite a bit of time on the porch right there every night, so I thought it would be nice to have something there...wow, that is a super idea....
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« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2007 06:36:07 AM »

As for more plant suggestions, there is also all of the coleus varieties which don't have flowers but have some of the most beautiful foliage.  Most varieties are also perenials so you'd only need to plant them once.
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« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2007 07:49:55 AM »

 
As for more plant suggestions, there is also all of the coleus varieties which don't have flowers but have some of the most beautiful foliage.  Most varieties are also perenials so you'd only need to plant them once.
I am hoping to find some great perennials to plant, I do live at 7200 ft in altitude so we have a pretty short growing season.  But some people in town have some wonderful gardens, I just have to choose the right things to grow Smiley  Our last snow this year was June 19.  It will start snowing again mid-September
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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2007 03:48:42 PM »

I  think coleus would be annuals for you,Krista. But they are colourful. I suggest looking at High Country  Gardens
http://www.highcountrygardens.com/. They're based in Santa Fe, but they have some great idea gardens in their catalog for our part of the country.
I really want a water feature, too. You could turn the side into a little patio area...or a fabulous funky art gallery Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2007 04:47:12 PM »

I'm pretty sure you can grow them at that height.  My mother lives in the Rockies around 8200ft in altitude and she has some
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« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2007 05:25:33 PM »

I'm pretty sure you can grow them at that height.  My mother lives in the Rockies around 8200ft in altitude and she has some
You can definitely grow coleus,but I'd be surprised if they overwintered.
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« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2007 07:03:44 PM »

I have a strange addiction to drafting so I tend to suck up any oppurtunity to design something like this... sorry...;p  lol

Coleus is a great idea!  Enough foilage to block out the weeds, enough variety to be interesting and the colors would rock with your house.
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