Suggestions for bed

mtnrdredux_gwMay 7, 2012

My tub sits in a windowed alcove, and looks out into a small flower bed. In the center of the bed it a weeping cherry (did i get that right?). There are some boxwoods, daffodils, ferns etc. Last fall I put in allium, and I just love the view of the big tall stems.

It has made me realize that I should add more flowers to this bed. Because the windows are probably like 2' off the floor, they need to be high.

What do you suggest? This is on the east side of our home, so I suppose it gets morning sun? Seems pretty sunny there to me. I do not like anything red, orange or yellow. I much prefer whites, green, blue, some purple. Foxglove? Delphinium? It can be something that requires a little maintenance.

Thanks in advance!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)

Cosmos, clematis, coleus (maybe in a basket on a shepard's hook?), foxglove, ferns? Are you looking for perennials or annuals?

    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 8:45PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Perennials or annuals, doesn't matter.

Thanks, I will look those up!

    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 9:08PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Cleome is nice. Shasta daisy, Larkspur, I love foxglove!

    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 11:19PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Can you grow Lupines in your climate? Tall bearded irises come in lots of blues.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2012 at 12:54AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

A couple of kinds of clematis on obelisks. They are mostly white, pink, lavender, purple, and blue-purple and you can choose varieties that combined will cover pretty much the entire growing season. You'll have to check with local sources for what clematis they have been successful in your area. I know there are a few CA clematis growers on the clem forum.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2012 at 8:09PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I think the bed is too small and crowded for obelisks. I am now considering window boxes, which would obviate the need for height. I did find some great looking copper ones that patina, which would go with our outdoor lights.

Here is the view from inside. I want to be able to see flowers from the tub.

Here is the view from outside. All i have done is plant the allium, which i love. I have a lot more in front of my dining room. The tree in the center is a weeping cherry. I think I will take out the boxwoods, which looks like one took and one did not...

I thought this bed was partial sun, but it really only get a few hours of morning sun.

Here is a link that might be useful: copper window boxes

    Bookmark   May 15, 2012 at 8:17PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

It's a pretty bed. I agree- take out the boxwoods. Why not just plant more alliums in front of the window? They look tall enough, and they look so good en masse.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2012 at 1:13AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

You could move the boxwoods to the two corners up against the house so you are not wasting them. Then the right cultivar of astilbes can give you 2-3ft height, pastel pink/peach/white/lavender blooms, fernlike foliage, shade tolerance. Old fashioned pink Bleeding hearts would also thrive in that spot, mine get 2.5 ft tall in that type of shade so they might also look good in the mid level. Colorful variegated hosta foliage and heuchera/heucherellas would also look good in the front and add color to a shady spot. For window boxes, you can do impatiens/begonias and/or coleus for some long season color in that amt of shade. Either way, looks like you have a nice bed to work with and lots of opportunity for something new and beautiful to look at from both sides of the bed. Post pics !!

    Bookmark   May 16, 2012 at 9:48AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Hard Pruning Tree Wisteria
I need some advice about hard pruning from the knowledgeable...
Hillside cottage garden
Hello! I am going to make my first ever attempt at...
Wanting to sow my wild flower seeds, have questions
Recently a gas line was installed in front of our house...
Lilyfinch z7 mid tn
Weekend Trivia: Sunday
Good morning all. It is warmer here today, but seems...
cyn427 (zone 7)
HAVE: Weeping Willow & Tortured Willow Cuttings
I am rooting Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica) cuttings. I...
Sponsored Products
ShapeMaker 25 Wood Blocks - Miller Goodman
$75.00 | HORNE
Allier Mini Pendant by Feiss
$239.00 | Lumens
Hyde Park Right-facing Arm Chair with Cushions, Patio Furniture
RONBOW Bella 23" Vanity Undermount - Cinnamon
Modern Bathroom
Florence Style Loft Wool Loveseat in Orange Tweed
$699.00 | LexMod
Hudson Valley Lighting | Danville 6 Light Chandelier
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™