Suggestions to make my patio look like New Orleans courtyard?

flowerdamselMarch 1, 2009

I started with nothing but half-dead sod, then added a stone patio, steps, planter, fireplace, etc. I want my teenesy back yard to look more like a New Orleans courtyard. Any plant suggestions? Especially for a huge stone planter across the back. Where can I add pics?

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Being from N.O. I can give you some suggestions: camellia, azalea, gardenia, jasmine, banana trees, canna lillies, crinum lillies, gladiolus, daylillies, lantana, old garden roses, citrus, agapanthus (lily of the Nile). Depends on if you have sun or shade. Plant thickly and lots of green foliage. Enjoy.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2009 at 9:21PM
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Hi Laurie,

Thanks for the suggestions :) I already bought pink cannas, blue Chinese Forget-me-nots, Cosmos seeds, a New Dawn Climbing Rose and some Majesty Palms (I know, but the will work for a while anyway). I would like to post a pic of my planter, but don't know how. Can you clue me in?

    Bookmark   March 5, 2009 at 11:12AM
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you could grow fatsia japonica in shady areas. large, palmate leaves look tropical to me and they have interesting whitish flowers.
an oleander would be appropriate for a sunny spot. there are some cultivars that don't get as large as the species.
'petite salmon' is a pretty one. all parts of this plant are extremely poisionous if ingested or inhaled (not to the touch, though) so use with caution around children.
to post a photo, establish an account at one of the free hosting websites (flickr, imageshack, etc.). upload your photo there. they have instructions to link your picture to forums and websites.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2009 at 10:41AM
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flowerdamsel,pretty much everyone on the garden web uses photobucket. If you don't have an account with them, you can open one up. It's free. Once you open your account,you can upload your pics into it and copy and paste into your messages. It's really simple to use.


    Bookmark   March 6, 2009 at 11:28PM
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YAY! I hope this works - this is what is looks like empty

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    Bookmark   March 11, 2009 at 10:29AM
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I have uploaded more pics - thanks guys! Since these pics were taken, I've added a few plants - majesty palms, pink mandvilla to drape, Blue Daze evolvulus, zucchini to drape, daffodils, pink cannas (not seen yet)Dusty Miller for contrast

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    Bookmark   March 11, 2009 at 11:18AM
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I'm sending cut and paste "links" with pix of the Place D'Armes hotel in NOLA. It is on St. Ann; about two blocks to Jackson Sq. and two block to Bourbon St. It has a beautiful courtyard. There are gingers, crape myrtles to provide shade around and inside the garden; ferns; oleanders; bird of paradise; bananas; a shallow, square pond with a spouting fountain; a round, two tiered fountain, large planters placed strategically around the courtyard which can be swapped out as the season changes. Oh, yeah, and lots of impatiens and vinca, especially white vinca to stand out in the shade. Also, you need a couple of little bistro tables tucked strategically in the courtyard. Search Google Images and search for: "Place d'Armes" courtyard Be sure to use the double quotes. That is so Boolean but it works well for searches. Cut and paste the following URL.

You must post some pix when finished. - Terry

    Bookmark   March 13, 2009 at 11:06PM
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Hi Terry,

Thanks for the great sites! I am furiously adding more plants - pink bee balm, foxglove from seeds, hollyhock seeds, Autumn Joy Sedum. I did plant some white African daisies - they do make the other colors stand out. Especially the melon colored geraniums. My pink Wave petunia was actually a purple surprise. I decided to let him stay anyway. I'm now working on finding the best sunny spot for the climbing roses. I bought climbing Peace, America and Blaze and hope there will be enough sun for them to grow across the top of my fence.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2009 at 2:51PM
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Be sure to give your New Dawn climber adequate space. One of mine has a trunk on it that's 6" across now. I planted it about 8 years ago.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2009 at 11:14AM
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Still waiting for pix ;-). Yes, Sowngrow gives good advice about giving New Dawn plenty of room. Are you familiar with concertina wire? It is the barbed wire type stuff put on top of security fences. New Dawn is a natural concertina wire. It is one of the thorniest and sharpest roses I know of. You don't want it where there is lots of traffic unless you give it lots of room from where people will walk.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2009 at 1:55AM
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flower, I recommend this book - "Orleans Embrace with the Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carre" by T. J. Fisher and Roy E. Guste, Jr. I bought mine on Amazon's site. Wonderful history and photographs of the courtyards and gardens of The French Quarter. I have looked at mine over and over again. You will get so many ideas and refer back to it over and over again.

Here is a link that might be useful: Orleans Embrace

    Bookmark   April 2, 2009 at 5:35PM
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Here are recent pics (5/2/09) of my planter box and "New Orleans courtyard". I planted 6 zuccchini on each end of my planter box so they could trail down and they have done everything EXCEPT that, lol. Look how enormous they are!! Totally covering everything underneath. Poor potato vine, forgetmenots, geraniums, etc. But I do have 4" fruit and should be grilling next wekend :)

    Bookmark   May 2, 2009 at 5:11PM
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here's the pic

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    Bookmark   May 3, 2009 at 9:15AM
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Let's try doing it with html. Here's a progression of my work so fat. You can even see one of my antique style lamp post in the last photo and the beginnings of my new bed to the right along the fence.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2009 at 9:43AM
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