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mzfrogge

I have seen this picture so many times and the chartreuse was identified in one as golden mound spirea . and yes ,the spirea does go bare in the stark part of winter but actually all of it goes down for a few months of the year. The lirope/monkey grass stays consistent lol . I did something similar (wish it was as good) in my front bed - but cheated with knock out roses, gold mound spirea and purple verbena. I tried using a wonderful lime green ground cover and a crazy limey euphoria for height, and Grace Ward lithodora but none could handle the sun (despite being full sun on the tags) . I didn't do the Salvia in front because, well, it smells like a litter box/bad enough I have it near the front door. Creeping Jenny incidently wouldn't work well in my front regardless because of the sun. With an intense southern exposure and hot south carolina sun, i always need to adapt. Sigh......I long for hostas............. when things burst out in bloom again, I'll post some pictures. I have yet put in the hardscape /pickets as I'm in a historic district so I wanted my roses to get on a good growth pattern so that the "fencing" will be more an aesthetic than a structural containment. we'll see how that argument flies.............. I did use the euphoria in the flip side as it shades a bit more, the verbena (purple) crawls over the mound and invades both sides plus I did put some blue lithadora there. I play with it to see what works best so it's more a project now than anything but generally looks quite pretty.

   
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tulipsmoran

I own a 1957 ranch with a shallow front yard 80'w x 30'd with an asphalt walk to the front entry. It faces N-NE and is shaded by two very mature trees - linden and shaggy bark hickory. I've planted a hedge row of Aronia bushes along the front and now plan to install two large rectangular shapes (either concrete or large aggregate tiles) offset 4' from each other to serve as the front walk. Each rectangle would be 16'w x 8'd and would eliminate a fair amount of lawn (goal is to eliminate front lawn) to lend a "mid century" look to my front yard. I've redesigned the front landscape to include softening curves of multi-colored 3'-6' shrubs (purple, chartreuse, green, red) along the foundation to give depth to my low and spreading profile of my house, a large hosta garden under a linden on the right of the front yard near the sidewalk/drive and boxwood natural hedge separating me from neighbors yard on left where the shaggy bark hickory draws attention. I believe the large concrete/aggregate tile rectangles would give more depth to my front yard from the street. I could then mulch and landscape with small shrubs/ornamental grasses the small remaining lawn - completely eliminating my front lawn.

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