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Thread: Do you plant flowers? What kind are you planning to put out this year?

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    Super Member RugosaB's Avatar
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    20/25 years ago when I started planting things, I decided that the yard would be mostly trees, shrubs, and perennials. We made our house blue with a red door (vinyl siding, color will not be changed) and I always buy red ivy geraniums for the porch.
    I tried pots of annuals on the deck but that idea didn't last very long!
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    I have a really odd shaped front yard, that had 8 inches of bark dust when I bought the house. I got rid of the "beauty bark" that wasn't beautiful, and have been planting hollyhocks along the house wall, and allysium (sp?) all along the lower edge. I have used multicolored holly hocks, and red and white mixed allysium. I have a riot of flowers all summer and fall. Kind of looks like a drunk's English garden. Very funky, very me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid View Post
    I love straw flowers, geraniums, inpatients, and marigolds for annuals. Although I don't plant marigolds close to the deck as they attract bees!

    I learned that the Impatiens throughout the country has been stricken with a blight. I had beautiful Impatiens last year (here in St. Paul, Mn) and my cousin in Milwaukee lost over 100 plants (his favorite) due to the blight. I talked to our local nursery and I told her I wanted a specific kind and she is ordering them for me (Impatiens - Cranberry - sort of a brownish red) but suggested that I plant something between the Impatiens should they get the blight and die off. Good Idea!!!!! Now what do I plant that spreads like Impatiens and possibly have to remove the in between replacement plants because I didn't get the blight? Just thought I'd tell you what is going on with Impatiens in case you want to change your mind. I'm not going to change my mind. I have a new deck going up out front as soon as this stupid snow melts - another lambaste last night - and the cranberry color will match the colors of the deck decorations.

    I will probably do some tomatoes, zinnias, marigolds, some hanging petunias. Whatever! I love 'em all. I do want to get a plant, though, that I got last year in Wisconsin. It is a wire plant. Really neat - ground cover, very very thin stem with little leaves and the stem looks like wire. It just creeps wherever it wants to go. Love it! I have Correopsis, Sidalcea (white - gorgeous - has a black throat - reseeds itself) and Calendula in yellow and orange (reseeds itself). I have mostly Impatiens, however, because the yard is shady (Thank you next door neighbor with your two huge Ash trees - with all respect to the Ash, maybe the Ash Borer will attack it this year). Don't get anymore grapes, no sunshine, it's just sad! I don't like ash trees anyhow. I have my Ginkgo out back and cluster paper birch out front. And this year I will be watching for my white Magnolia to bloom. Got it as a memorial from my sister in law when my husband died last year. It was beautiful last Spring. Now I just hope for this spring. It is still covered in about two feet of snow.

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    Battle Creek, MI
    As I get older (69 now), I plant more and more perennials. We have lots of landscaping and so need many plants.
    Straight line winds almost 3 years ago took out about 15 large oaks, so our once shady yard became an almost
    full sun yard. We have flowering shrubs (hydrangeas, forsythias, azaleas, rhodies) and colorful long-bloomiing
    perennials (lilies--my favorite--coneflowers and who knows what else). I start most of my annuals under lights in
    the basement--impatiens in February, petunias in early march, pansies and geraniums in early January, and zinnias
    in April. Usually buy the plants for our many planters so I can have a nice variety. Will be on the garden tour this
    year, so I hope my perennials made it through our very harsh winter.

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    we have mostly perennials & fill in with a few annuals in the flower beds. We also have an herb garden & plant a large veggie garden each year. Last year DSIL planted a second garden - just corn, squash, & beans in the pasture behind the hen house. Last year we also started trying to plant one of the pastures in wild flowers what we did last year was beautiful - we can't wait to see how much of it comes back. We already have the see to sow another big strip. This will be a project that will go on for years probably - doubt if I will live long enough see it finished but the start of it was fantastic.

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    We are in a drought so I am letting the ones that come up on their own give some color, gladiolas and just a few annuals around the patio where I like to sit. We must run the sprinklers at least three times a week just to keep the yard from not drying out completely and will be rationed this summer no doubt in California.

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    with the hard winter we have had, I will have to see which of my perennials have survived. I love petunias and snap dragons. Will have some rose color geraniums in with some other plants in pots. I usually will just let my eyes tell me which ones appeal to me that day.
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    I am going to put in a rock garden; with some hen and chickens, gotta plant some more Lilies, rose bushes and another couple of Lilac plants ....
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