Need help planning my front bed

Annette HolbrookMay 7, 2008

I have been trying to come up with a plan for the bed directly in front of my house. I ripped out the foundation plantings about 3 years ago since they were all leggy and tipping over trying to get some sunlight. The bed is about 9 feet deep and 20 feet wide and is a half oval shape. The three feet closest to the house is total shade since it is the north side of the house the remaining 5-6 feet starts the day in shade and ends up in sun by noon or so. I have a couple of ferns that are planted that my husband really likes so would like to keep them, the creeping jenny can stay or go, but I get tons of compliments on it.

Here's a pic of the whole front to get an idea of the scale, the area in question is to the left of the front stoop.

Closer pic, notice the shade line. Pic taken at about 1:30pm

View from front stoop,

Any ideas? I would like to keep low growing plants, maybe more hostas in pots? My other option would be to just put a seating area there, bench and table or something in and amongst the creeping jenny with potted plants around?

Thanks all,


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Annette Holbrook

Oops,don't know if it matters, but I am in Alpharetta, GA (Milton) just north of Atlanta.
I posted this in the design forum and got some great suggestions, and they also recommended I post here.


    Bookmark   May 7, 2008 at 9:12AM
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Bumblebeez SC Zone 7

This is a slow forum. Post in the Georgia forum.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2008 at 11:19AM
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Annette Holbrook

Will do.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2008 at 2:11PM
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chickadee_42us(8a Tx)

Love your home and the colors. Your beds look great too!

    Bookmark   May 8, 2008 at 3:52PM
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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

I would mix some Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra) in with those ferns. It is the perfect height under those windows, is evergreen, and looks beautiful with ferns. Easy to grow in deep shade, too. You could also look for some purple leaved plants to mix in to the creeping Jenny. Maybe loropetalum, Purple Pixie (two feet by two feet). It is also evergreen. Your home is lovely.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2008 at 10:18PM
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just wanted to say I wonder if anyone other than a southerner would know the word 'stoop.' love it. haven't heard that word in a while. in new orleans everyone had a front stoop.
i also love your green shutters and hardware, looks like what i had in louisiana, built custom from cypress.
your house is lovely. i think daylillies would look great there and maybe some sage. even herbs. if it gets georgia sun after 12 noon, i think that is plenty sun. carpet roses. you would need a contrasting color from the yellow so i think red roses or lillies or purple sage. you can keep the pretty ferns and put the other flowers in clumps so as not to totally obstruct the background. a bench would also be nice. mexican heather is pretty too and low growing, with small purple flowers. we grew in louisiana and mom grows on gulf coast but not sure it would be perennial in atlanta area.
your place is gorgeous.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2008 at 11:46PM
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