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Old 04-25-2012, 07:34 AM
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We're closing on the house in June and I have no idea what sort of plants I like and want around the house. Our real estate agent suggested we not do a whole lot of landscaping this year since the house was owned by an older lady and there are probably a lot of perennials.

So what do you have around your house? What do you wish you could grow, but don't have the right climate for it? Anything you wish you had more of? Does it change through out the season?

I really like bleeding hearts. They've always been my favorite.


I also really like roses. I know there are a few rose bushes on the property and I can't wait until they bloom so I can see what color they are.
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:38 AM
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What I have most around here are hostas, iris, clematis, peonies, I have a few bunches of bleeding hearts. I'd love to have roses but my flower beds are not rose friendly. So I will have to wait on those.
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:49 AM
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I love my liriope - I know some people hate it but it is super easy to grow and spreads nicely to fill space in a few of our giant beds.

I am also a fan of ferns and hosta but don't have very many at this point since they aren't too happy in high traffic areas and that's where most of our shade is in our yard.
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:55 AM
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The thing about bleeding heart is that depending on where you live, it often dies back after blooming in the spring (and around here it is often one of the very first things to bloom).

I've had the best luck using native plants. Because they are suited to the climate, I find them a lot less work and they never need to be coddled. You should have a local gardening club that can help you figure out which plants are native to your area.

Having said that, I'm also a sucker for peonies. And there are a lot of really interesting varieties these days. Also daylillies, which come in a bajillion varieties of varying heights and are generally extremely hardy.
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