Flower Bed Planning!!

Thursday, May 03, 2012

We live in on post housing on Fort Carson. We love it but some things aren't so great. One of the things that I am unhappy with right now is our front flowerbed. It's a MESS! I mean it's really bad. The main attraction is a rosebush that is so old and overgrown it has BARK! I'm not a rosebush fan in general and this one isn't helping my opinion of them lol!

Apparently there is a chinese elm growing in our bed and that is going to be a mess if it gets any bigger. We do have a couple day lily plants but overall it's just so overgrown and hideous, I can't stand it!

So, I finally found the pamphlet I got from housing for our landscaping company (it was buried on the kitchen counter lol! Guess what I did this morning!??) and called them. The head guy came by and said it would be about 80.00 for them to come and clear out the river walk, the brick and all the plants. They want to do it ASAP (which makes sense as it's spring) so hopefully they can find time to do it tomorrow and we'll have DIRT! It would be wonderful.

Next step is planning the new front bed. This is a tough one honestly. As I said, we live in military housing. This means that on average each family is only in a home here for 2-3 years. This will be our second summer in this home. We bet that we will have one more summer here unless we fight to stay with our kids special needs. This means that I'm not thinking of something that I will find beautiful and love to be around during the spring/summers here in CO but I need to think of the wife that comes after me. I want to plant something that she will find easy to take care of, in case she doesn't have a green thumb, and also something that will be pretty.

Maybe I am over thinking this! But that's my style.

So, if you were me, what would you plant? I want to do some perennial flowers (probably bulbs like tulips or daffodils) and maybe a flowering shrub or two. I have a 4x6ft bed to work with. I also need something that will work in some dense soil (which is what we have here in Colorado).

Any thoughts Sparkfriends? Just don't suggest a rosebush!!! :P
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    Actually - flowers ARE my thing. We live in the Denver metro area, but the climate isn't too different. You don't say if your plot is sunny or shady. I have both here that I have planted with perennials and then I sprinkle in annuals for that pop of summer-long color.

    In a 4 x 6 bed you don't have much room for shrubs and flowers. My favorite source books are the Sunset (magazine) Western garden book and Northern Flower Gardening - Perennial Favorites by Lois Hole. I love planning, planting and then watching for the results. It is fun to watch the perennials come back each year. Everything here needs to be watered - even the so-called Xeriscape plants until they get established. Your local nursery is a great resource.

    Have fun!

    - Connie
    2769 days ago
    Wish I were a help here ... Gardening isn't my thing. I would suggest some columbines, though! They do well and come up every year. Many colors available.

    2771 days ago
    YAY for getting out early! I'm waiting for my husband to get home so that we can go meet with the school district about JJs service dog! I am so excited but praying hard that they aren't going to fight us on it! I'm hoping someone has suggestions for me! I'm great with vegetables but flowers aren't my deal lol
    2774 days ago
    Sorry..I have my own severely neglected flower beds! The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak! :) I may just clean them out this afternoon since work is letting us out at 2 today!

    I'm sure some of the ladies on here will have good advice for you. Have fun with it!
    2774 days ago
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