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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Sun May 04, 2014 11:58 pm

Do you plant flowers in your garden as well as edibles? If you do what are a few of your favorites?

In the past I've been focused on the edibles and orchard over the florals. I'm finding I really miss having flowers to cut to enjoy on the table and throughout the house. This year I'm trying to add a variety of flowers to the yard that will allow for beautifying my home as well as the yard.

So far I've added 5 new roses and 2 new clematis vines to the existing 2 clematis vines, and an existing lilac bush and 2 peony bushes. One of the peony bushes was dying out so I transplanted it last year to the front yard flower bed. It only has 1 single shoot coming up but I am hopeful that it will make a comeback. The other peony is at the back of my property and is getting rather large. I'm going to have to divide it and transplant some of it to the front yard. I'm thinking I might split the majority into two pieces and plant them opposite each other along the driveway and the edge of my property line with my neighbor. Really close to where I had the evergreen bushes taken out earlier this year.

I like the look of cottage gardens and may try to create a fence row of florals, minus the fence, across my front yard. My house is your everyday standard ranch on a slab. Do you think creating a living fence line would give the property more curb appeal?


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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Mon May 05, 2014 12:33 am

I forgot to add that I have a Star magnolia anchoring one end of the flowerbed and a small lilac anchoring the other, closest to the front door.
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Post by dizzy on Mon May 05, 2014 4:29 am

While I don't plant them in my vegetable garden, I love having flowers in front of my house. They add beauty, which is, IMO, food for the soul.

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Post by Farmfresh on Mon May 05, 2014 8:38 am

I used to plant vegetables in my flower garden!  Many plants are beautiful and I am with dizzy - beauty is food for the soul!
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Post by 12acrehome on Mon May 05, 2014 8:44 am

well I'm gonna third that, flowers are food for the soul. If you take time to gaze at the beauty and enjoy the fragrance of each flower you will find a lot of stress just melts away.

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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Mon May 05, 2014 2:40 pm

That's kind of why I'm getting back into planting more flowers, to help with the stress levels around here. Wink

I'm just not sure at this point if I want to create a large bed across the front of my yard or not. I like the idea & look of a living fence row of flowers but dh is still insistant that he can mow the grass. His track record with the mower and any new plantings isn't so good for the plants. Sad

I guess I'll play it by ear for now and if I start finding free or really cheaply priced plants then I'll know it's meant to be. Wink

I'm thinking of a few plants in particular....the peonies, rhododendrons and azaleas.
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Post by 12acrehome on Mon May 05, 2014 6:35 pm

sounds like a good place to start

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Post by Farmfresh on Mon May 05, 2014 6:41 pm

Rhododendrons and azaleas are great for a north exposure.  They do well in partial shade as well.  I have one azalea that was left in the weed bed in my front from when I was a kid.  I have moved it to the opposite end of the house where - hopefully - it will have better dirt and actually live.  At this point I am still not sure if the transplant killed it or not.  I need to give it a look see. 

I have a BUNCH of peonies at the old house.  I need to move a bunch here, but I am not quite sure where to put them yet.  They need decent sun and away from the house, because as you know peonies and ants go hand in hand. 

If you are not in a hurry I am willing to share some peonies for your start.  I have several colors.  They came from my Grandma Nettie's flower border.
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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Mon May 05, 2014 7:23 pm

Thanks FF, I'm not in a hurry to get the flower project going just yet, so yes I'd be happy to have a few of your peonies. I have some light pink and the single shoot that came up from my magenta colored one I transplanted last year. I'd be happy to share some of the light pink one if you want some of it. Smile

As far as the area under consideration goes, it faces North and has full sun so the azaleas and rhododendrons should do very well there. I just need to make sure I plant them far enough back from the ditch as we are scheduled for sewer work in the Spring of 2016 and I don't want them killing my plants. Wink
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