Help me with a plan for this bed, please
I just moved to a rural area near Roanoke, VA (Zone 7B). The house has plenty of beds with large shade trees, but nothing much in the way of plantings, so I'm starting from scratch which is overwhelming but fun.
I'm look for ideas for a bed (photos below) that has several large shade trees in it, one Japanese maple, and a very large boulder in the middle. I think this bed has a LOT of potential to be interesting, so I want to get it right.
What I plant has to be deer resistant.
For starters, I like Mountain Laurel, Loropepulum, Aucuba, Pieris Japonica, Coral Bells, Solomon's Seal, Pachysandra, ferns, and grasses that tolerate shade. I also like mid and low lying ground covers that offer either flowers in the summer or stay colorful in the winter.
My goal is to have plantings that lend a variety of shades year round and ones that offer something during the winter months.
I'd like something low lying and colorful around the edges of the bed, but can't decide what. The edges receive dappled sun.
I'm waiting for the frost danger to pass, then I'm going out to start looking.
I have a LOT of planning and planting to do to whip this yard into shape. One step at a time and the first step is this large bed.
Thanks so much for your ideas. I know what I like, but I can't always visualize how many and where to plant for maximum benefit.