I'm about to complete my first year as a gardener... at my new house
in central NJ.. For a first timer I thought I did a decent job. I
started a bed of Hostas along the fence in the backyard.. I also have
planted about 18-20 varieties of Mums along with couple of Rose
bushes..They are on their full bloom show at the moment..
One area I wasn't too happy was the way I started the flower bed along
either side of the drive way. The flower bed on either side of my
drive way is about 2 ft wide.
I combined a number of different perennials(Coreopsis, Lilly, Lupines,
Shasta Daisy , Phlox, Obidient plant, Veronica Spindles, Baloon
flower, Dahlia bulbs without paying attention to plant height and
color combinations. Dahlia plants are occupying large portion of the
bed.. They have grown extremely tall and I will be digging up the
bulbs to save for the winter. I also want to move all these perennials
to the other flower beds I have in front of the house/backyard.. Now I
need some advice in planning perennial(s) to plant along the driveway
One side of the driveway gets complete sunlight and there are two
trees on the other side and is quite shady.
Here are features I want for my flower bed..
1)I can't plant any lillies as I have a lot of Squirrels, skunks and
Rabbits around my house. So I need to pick plants which are Rodent
resistant. I also see Deers occasionally on our streets.
2)I want to plant the perinneals which doesnt grow tall. I'm looking
for something which grows max of 10-12 inches.
3)I don't mind planting the same set of plants throughout but would
like to see 2-3 colors atleast.
4)I want to pick the perinneals which can start blooming atleast early
summer(late spring) till early/late fall.
5)It will be nice to see same plants for both the side so I have
similar flower border on either side.
One of the plants I was considering was English Daisy. As per features
on Bluestone perinneals they don't grow tall and seem to have long
bloom starting spring till fall. It flowers Red,Light rose and white
blooms. Looks like this plant is Rodent resistant.Not sure if they can
bloom in my shaded side of the bed.
I'll greatly appreciate in any help/advice in picking some more plants
so I can choose and decide.