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Posted: May/05/2008 4:24 PM PST
I am going tp plant a Perennial garden along side my shed that is 17' 4" by 3' I only have a Lilly and 10 Red Firecrackers and would like to know what else would look beautiful in with these plants?
It is on the South-side of my shed where it would get all day sun. I am planning to put a clematis on the West end of the garden ether a YELLOW or a WINE colored one. The soil is on the clay side and when it rains hard there is water that stands for a few hours, but 98 per cent of the time water does not stand.
If you have any ideals they would be welcome.
I would be willing to put in some annuals [/b]
Location: Upstate New York
Posted: May/06/2008 4:12 AM PST
Be sure to amend the clay with something that will allow better drainage, at least for the clematis. Clematis should do well in the sun as long as you plant something that will shade the roots - the roots they say like to be cool. There are lots and lots of plants that like full sun - I am just concerned about the clay, even if water doesn't stand there frequently, good drainage is wanted by most plants, and you will surely need to water well in summer dry spells. As for recommendations:
evergreens (dwarf alberta spruce to give an 'anchor'
bulbs for spring color (also need good drainage or the bulbs will rot)
oh my, there are just too many to name - this is just a brief list of what I have in my garden
Try to plan from spring to fall so that there is always something to look at
Keep taller things in the back, low things in the front - you'll be surprised how short a 3' deep bed is once you get going!!!
Many online catalogs let you choose plants by sun requirements - you can take a look and see what you like. Talk to a local nursery/garden center about what does well in your area in sun.
Sounds like fun! An empty slate can be a daunting task but oh so fun! And if you're anything like me, you'll move things 100 times!