New and like advice please

luv2dig(Texas)June 15, 2005

I'm new and just started to plant/garden.. My question is: I pulled up 2 big Hibiscus trees that were on each side of our flowerbeds by front door. My hubby would like to find something tall again~ perhaps, spiral bushes??? I would like to post pics but, don't know how.. If someone could help that way I can explain it better. On one side of the flowerbed the prev owners have a big bush and some staggly looking bushes that look horrible. (don't know names) But, I'm just trying to focus on one bed at a time ya know?? so far, I have planted 3 Dwarf hollyberry bushes and in between begonias~ and an Oleander in the middle. I think I need something else but, hubby doesn't want alot of different flowers. He says there needs to be Balance. Help???

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Ok~ i think I posted a pic.. This is the front of our house and need ideas for the right flowerbed and what to put on either side of front door.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   June 15, 2005 at 10:29AM
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Dieter2NC(z7b NC)

You might try the design forum.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2005 at 10:50AM
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vetivert8(NI-NZ zone 9a)

You've got a very attractive front door. Before you plant too close to it you might want to consider making a much bigger welcoming entry with paving and such so that family groups can gather before they enter your house. A 'grand welcome'.

Also think safety - so the entry remains open to view and any paving you put down doesn't get the chance to grow a winter surface of algae.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2005 at 7:09PM
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lisa455(z9 LA)

I need to know what USDA zone you are in to recommend shrubs for you and also if the location gets morning or afternoon sun or is it mostly shady. For example, only a few types of oleander are hardy here in Coastal Louisiana.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2005 at 7:01PM
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Dancey(Zone 8b Texas)

It looks like the shrub by the shovel might be a Mexican Sage bush. If it is it will have lots of lavendar colored flowers on it. They are very drought tolerant.

Where in Texas are you? Zone?


    Bookmark   June 17, 2005 at 8:10PM
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dmj1218(9a West Houston)

Here's alink for you; post it there and you'll get a million ideas...also Texas is a big place, tell us the area!

Here is a link that might be useful: Texas Forum

    Bookmark   June 17, 2005 at 9:39PM
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What are the best "full sun" plants/flowers to plant? The front of my house is like a kiln from 9am-1pm. Thx.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2005 at 8:33PM
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Skybird - z5, Denver, Colorado

I agree, post on the Texas Forum---it's a real down-home friendly place! And here's a link to a Zone Map so you can figure out what zone you're in.

Good luck,

Here is a link that might be useful: USDA Zone Map

    Bookmark   June 18, 2005 at 9:15PM
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