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Old 05-23-2019, 05:58 AM
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I have flower beds that have (had) overgrown shrubs and perennials scattered throughout. I've done enough reading to get started. Please critique and offer suggestions. Everything just went in the ground yesterday, so easy enough to move things around. So far I've:

Removed the large evergreens on the corners
Moved the garden border out 2 feet in front of the Azaleas
Removed a wheel barrow full of Iris and moved 2 small groupings to either side of and under the bay window
Moved a grouping of Tiger Lilly's on both sides of the bay window
Moved the variegated Hostas to line the front of the bed
Planted Mountain Snow Pieris on both sides of the Bay window
Planted a Sonic Bloom Weigela next to the driveway
Planted a Pencil Holly in front of the downspout
Mulched

Next up:
Move the Hostas in the Azalea bed out to the border, fill in with transplants (no shortage of Hostas)
Thinking of moving the Hostas to the left of the Pencil Holly and adding a low and interesting evergreen (which one?)
Considering adding a small shrub under the bay window?
Plant annuals to fill in the gaps

Your suggestions most welcome, I'm in CT, zone 6A
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Old 05-23-2019, 06:03 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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amazing what removing a few shrubs and vegetation can do huh ? it looks lovely . we had to clean out the flower beds when we moved into the home we are in now . I hate to tell you the roaches that came out of those flower beds because the plants were so close together ewe . I cleaned all of them out except for the roses and added some of my own . I am going to add two more next spring . In the other bed we put flowers for the spring and summer and then I will put in lettuce and winter squash when the cool months hit . so yes I know your pain about cleaning and clearing . In my opinion your yard is lovely now .
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Old 05-25-2019, 06:30 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I think you said before that you plan to cut back the azaleas after they bloom. I would prune them evenly to window sill height.

I like the way you are framing the front door with the azaleas and the pencil holly. Make the front door the star of the show. I would rather see something more substantial than the pencil holly, but maybe when it matures it will be fine. I’d like something like a snowball viburnum there, or a showier evergreen.

It looks nice.
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Old 05-25-2019, 08:43 AM
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Thanks for the feedback, I added a golden mop false cypress to the left of the holly and a dwarf Weigela to the right of it. I also moved some Hostas to line the front of the Azalea bed. Will trim up the Azaleas to window level in the next couple days

Keep the suggestion coming, Thanks!
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