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« on: January 24, 2007 05:51:39 AM »

Ok, you guys all seem to know bunches about gardening and yard stuff, so I could use some suggestions.  We just bought our first home, and right next to the front door, there is an old flowerbed.  It's surrounded by brick.  I guess the dimensions are about 5 feet wide, 2 feet deep, and probably 1-2 feet high.  It's basically just dirt and weeds.  Now as you might already know, I'm no good with plants, but I want to keep the flower bed, so what do you think i could put in there?  I was thinking about making it a rock garden, I guess something similar to this, but not as monochromatic

Any ideas?  It doesn't have to involve rocks, I just need something  better than dirt.  Or even if you know of any flowers/plants that are hard to kill.


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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2007 07:07:36 AM »

First, congratulations on your new home! 

I went with a bed of different colours of day lillies - these things - covered with rocks like in your picture, so that I wouldn't have to do any/much weeding. 

Day lillies will grow in most zones, are hardy, flourish with neglect  (for "brown-thumbs" like me!) and are drought-proof.  I have never watered mine.  Bonus: not many bugs seem to like them.
Only problem is that for them to bloom, most varieties need a lot of sunlight.  Mine are in a western exposure, so not great for sunlight, meaning few flowers, but there's always that nice, long-lasting puff of greenery from spring to late fall.  Oh, and they are strong enough to push through the rocks.

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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2007 08:23:27 AM »

I have the perfect solution for this!!  I haven't actually done it for my house yet, but I've been dreaming about it all winter long!

I'm no good with plants either, and we only have a tiny patio with a small flower bed so there's not much room for grand gardening...so we were going to completely weed and remove all roots etc from the (utterly dead) flower bed, and either pour a bunch o rocks over it or get some sod and roll it out over the bed.  Then here comes to fun part!  Get some huge planters and stick some alreaady grown flowers or plants in there, or plant some seeds!

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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2007 12:03:11 PM »

If you get at least a few hours of sun each day, you could plant thyme.  It's perennial, so it'll come back, it grows like mad, doesn't require much care (if any!), and is yummy to boot.

Mint is also a minimal-care perennial, but you will have to water it once in a while.  Of course, if the flower bed's under a gutter or downspout, you may not have to do anything.
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« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2007 06:10:11 PM »

That could be one BAD ASS zen garden. You wouldn't need sand, you could use really fine pebbles...Put something that looks like a bonsai tree in one corner, a couple of biggish, interesting rocks, maybe one of those mosaic gazing balls, and just rake it when you feel like it.
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« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2007 09:31:33 AM »

So what did you do?

my first thought is a shallow running water garden...
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