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New to Gardening...help?

Posted by steiggy86 none (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 13, 12 at 20:41

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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RE: New to Gardening...help?

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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