Suggestions for a Newbie!
Hello everyone, I just moved here about a year ago and completely new to yard gardening, well at least on this side of the planet. Really excited to find an active RMG community and really would love your help in planning our front yard garden. I've basically been reading books and online material for the last 6 months and plotted out what I think are appropriate plants for the various beds. I figured it would be easier for people to comment than asking for what the heck to do!
I am guessing we have clay soil-our house is in Mead ( close to Longmont/Loveland area) although I intend to mix the beds away from the home with manure and some good garden soil to loosen it some. The bed which is surrounding the porch will be filled with good soil since my husband and I are about to built a retaining wall yikes! which I hope we can complete sometime in September. Also we are trying to figure out how to get a drip line going in that bed from the sprinkler system and possibly the outer beds if the selected plants needs them - I hope they won't! and will make do with the occasional watering during the hottest days. Because I am a freak and visual person and had time on my hands today (waiting for a greenlight from client for a project!!), I made a visual plan of the beds.
Well we can't possibly plant everything this year so the idea is to plant the hydrangea, tree peony and bulbs to get the pesky HOA off our backs. BTW I love bulbs but not sure how to incorporate them into the beds or I was thinking to plant them on the other side of the house which I haven't really figured out yet. Also we get gusty winds every so often and we have a nasty weed factory next door to us.
So anyone, everyone, someone comments, suggestions please???!!!