New to Gardening...help?

steiggy86April 13, 2012

Hello all,

I am new to gardening, but decided I wanted to give it a try this year. I have a large layered rock garden, with lots of open space at the base (which receives a great deal of sun), and at the top of the rock garden is a large level area with good soil and partial shade.

I started all of my flowers indoors in March (I live in northern Wisconsin) Since I'm new to this, I decided to start a lot of different varieties so I could see what works and what doesn't. I wasn't expecting them all to thrive, but all my seeds sprouted and they appear to be doing quite well. Here is what I have:

Cosmos (Bright Lights collection and chocolate)

Daylilly

Stargazer Lilly

Toad Lilly

Tricolor Daisies

Sweet Pea

Forget-Me-Not

Rock Cress

Foxglove

Delphinium

Snapdragons

Asylum (Pink and White varieties)

Morning Glory

Moonflower

Bachelors Buttons (2 varieties, 1 mixed and 1 blue)

Columbine

Aster

Gaillardia

Sweet William

Coleus

Hostas

Monarda

Black Eyed Susan

Liatrus

Oriental Poppy

Portulaca

Zinnia

Impatiens

It really seems like a lot, but I do have a big space and plan to give what I can't fit to my neighbors. I have areas of full sun, partial shade, and full shade available for planting. Does anyone have advice as to which of these I should pair together in my garden? Any advice would be HUGELY appreciated. Also, I know some flowers don't bloom their first year...if anyone knows which I can hope to get to bloom this year, I'd love a heads up! (: Thanks in advance!

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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Well...shade ones together and sun lovers together to start out with.

A lot will depend on the colors and your personal taste. Do you want complimentary colors together or waves of similar colors together? Water requirements would be another issue assuming the soil is pretty much the same throughout.

tj

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