My wife is ready to redo the front of the garden. I am not sure that now is the good time to replace anchor plants or if we should wait till the spring. I am attaching a link that shows the front of our house. The house is 21 years old and we live in Marietta. The anchor plants in the front our the typical builder boxwood type things. She wants all of them gone. The left side of the garden is about 55-60. The right side is maybe 15-20.
She wants azaleas in that spot. Now here are my questions. The peninsula that you see on the right part of the house is all azaleas. The past two summers because of the drought they have taken a beating. The front get full sun from about 11 till sundown. Should we go with azaleas or with another plant. She wants something that flowers and that looks great. When we lived in New Orleans, we planted George Tabor azaleas and loved them, they got full sun, but it rains there almost every afternoon in the summer. If we do azaleas, any recommendations on where to get them. We want more mature looking ones, not your 1 gallon variety. I figure we will need quite a few to fill the space.
The space is pretty deep so we will have plenty of space in the front do do flowers. I am thinking for the fall of doing pansies in the front and snapdragons or johnny jump ups behind (do snaps and johnny's do well in NW GA). So we would have a three tiered garden.
The other thing my wife wants to do is get rid of the peninsula. She want the azaleas there moved to the back,
sod put down, then a tree placed somewhere out there, with the eventual idea of doing an annual garden under the tree or potted plants. Any ideas on a tree for that area, for shade?
Any help with suggestions on timing of this stuff, where to get the plants, and suggestions on what type of plants would be greatly appreciated.
link to house