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daisybelle1July 22, 2007


I have moved to a small light gray traditional Cape Cod house and the first thing I did was rip out the shrubs in front of the railing of the front porch. So I have a blank slate to start with my pereninals. It is in the full sun until around 1:30 in the afternoon. I have bought, but haven't planted, 2 Joe Pye Weed, a few of the new faded orange colored cone flowers and blue delphiniums. Any other suggestions? Thanks for any ideas as I do appreciate them.

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aka_margo(z5a WI)

These are just some suggestions:
-Helenium (here is picture of my 'Mardi Gras' which I just love. But they also come in all red or all yellow)

-Oriental Lilies back of border close to railing so you can smell them!
-Balloon Flowers also can add blue to the garden
-Bee Balm for red colors
-Hostas in front of border (can take morning sun)
-Bulbs for spring color
-Maybe an aster or mums for fall color
-Dark burgandy heucheras to compliment the gray house

I could go on and on, but I am sure others have some suggestions also!

    Bookmark   July 22, 2007 at 11:24PM
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Sedum looks good all year long.
Neat clumps of succulent leaves grow all summer. Then in late summer and into fall they flower in shades of white, pink, rose, red or burgundy. After they finish flowering, you can leave the stems w/seedheads stand for winter interest.

My favorite Sedum is 'Matrona', because it never flops.


    Bookmark   July 23, 2007 at 2:12PM
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Thanks for the suggestions!


    Bookmark   July 23, 2007 at 5:14PM
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