Solution Gardening III: These plants can help solve your landscaping problems
Garden centers usually display plants by type – trees, shrubs, perennials, vegetables, etc.
Gardeners, on the other hand, don’t always look for specific plants or types of plants. They often shop to solve a problem or carry out a project, e.g. B. to shield the neighbors, to make the house front look better or to find something that does not die on the weedy, miserable rear slope.
This approach is what author and retired University of Georgia horticultural professor Dr. Allan Armitage, “Solution Gardening”.
In two previous posts we gave you plant lists for solving 14 different situations.
- Read solution gardening 1: Deer-resistant plants, easy-care plants, plants for damp and dry areas, plants for poor soil, plants for hot / sunny areas and plants for under trees.
- Read Solution Gardening 2: Plants for Privacy, Plants for Sunny Banks, Plants That Are Not Tall or Messy, Plants for Pollinators, Plants That Are Seldom Disturbed by Insects or Animals, and Ground Cover for Sun and Shade.
Today we’re going to give you a third sentence that solves seven more:
Plants for along sunny house walls
This is a good choice for sunny house foundations, generally facing west and south:
Evergreen: Bird’s Nest Spruce, Blue Holly, Boxwood, Cherry Laurel, Dwarf Hinoki Cypress, Dwarf Globe Blue Spruce, Dwarf Cryptomery, Globe Tree of Life, Juniper, Yew.
Flowering shrubs: abelia, beautyberry, honeysuckle (Diervilla), karyopteris, dwarf butterfly bush (only sterile varieties), dwarf black chokeberry, dwarf crepe myrtle, dwarf lilac, dwarf winter berry holly, deutzia, nine bark, oak tree hydrangea (only, rose hardwood, varieties of Sharon branch ), Shrub Roses, Spirea, St. Johnswort, Sumac ‘Gro-Low’, Viburnum, Virginia Sweetspire, Weigela.
Perennials: allium, agastache, amsonia, aster, baptism, betony, black-eyed susan, butterfly weed, candytuft, catnip, coreopsis, daylily, dianthus, golden rod, dwarf joe pye weed, euphorbia, gaillardia, gaura, hardy geranium, hardy hibiscus Iris, lamb ears, lavender, liatris, lilies, liriope, mothers, most ornamental grasses, penstemon, peony, perennial sunflower, phlox, purple coneflower, Russian sage, salvia, sedum, shasta daisies, sneezing, stokesia, veronica, yarrow, yucca .
Annual flowers: Ageratum, Alyssum, Angelonia, Blue Salvia, Celosia, Coleus (sun-tolerant species), dust mill, dwarf sunflowers, dwarf zinnia, euphorbia, geranium, globe amaranth, gloriosa daisy, lantana, marigold, pentas, verbena, vinca.
Plants for along shady house walls
This is a good choice for more shady house foundations, generally facing north and east:
Evergreen: azalea (if well drained and ready to tolerate tip bugs), honeysuckle, boxwood, cherry laurel, dwarf rhododendron, squid holly, Japanese plum yew, leukothea, Russian cypress, sweet box, yew.
Flowering shrubs: laurel, honeysuckle (Diervilla), Deutzia, Fothergilla, hydrangeas from Mophead / Lacecap, hydrangea from oak leaves, dogwood from red twig / golden twig, smooth hydrangea, summer sweet, colorful dogwood, viburnum, Virginia sweetspire.
Perennials: astilbe, fallow herb, bleeding heart, coral bells, daylily, ferns, foam flowers, foam bells, goatee, hardy begonia, hosta, Indian pink, Japanese anemone, Japanese forest grass, lamium, lead herb, ligularia, liriope, lungwort, rodgersia, sedge Solomon’s seal , Turtle head.
Annual flowers: Begonia, Browallia, Coleus, Impatiens (mold-resistant species), Ivy-Geraniums, New Guinea Impatiens, Persian Shield, Torenia.
Plants for driveways and sidewalks
These systems can handle additional heat leaking from asphalt and concrete surfaces, as well as potential salt runoff from winter de-icing:
Evergreen: bird’s nest spruce, boxwood, dwarf cryptomery ‘Globosa Nana’, dwarf gold thread false cypress, dwarf mugho pine (if tolerant of potential mites and scales), globe tree of life, juniper.
Flowering shrubs: Abelia, dwarf butterfly bush (only sterile varieties), dwarf lilac, dwarf nine-bark, dwarf hydrangea, dwarf twig, shrub / ground cover roses, spirea.
Perennials: betonia, blue fescue, catnip, coreopsis, creeping sedum, day lily, dianthus, dwarf fountain, dwarf golden rod, Russian dwarf sage, feather reed, gaillardia, hardy geranium, hens and chicks, Japanese forest grass (some shade, smaller., Lavender ears is best), lamb ears Blue stem, liriope, mothers, oregano, penstemon, peony, prairie drop seeds, salvia, sedum, switchgrass, thyme, yarrow, yucca.
Annual flowers: ageratums, blue salvia, celosia, dwarf zinnia, geranium, lantana, marigold, pentas, petunia, verbena, vinca.
Compact landscape plants for small spaces
Evergreen: Boxwood, Bird Nest Spruce, Cotoneaster ‘Tom Thumb’, Dwarf Cryptomery ‘Globosa Nana’, Dwarf Hinoki Cypress, Dwarf Rhododendron, Dwarf Spruce ‘Little Gem’, Globe Tree of Life, Juniper ‘Blue Star’, Nandina, Sweetbox.
Flowering shrubs: Karyopteris, Deutzia, dwarf butterfly bush (only sterile varieties), dwarf blueberry, dwarf chokeberry, dwarf fothergilla, dwarf lilac, dwarf nine bark, dwarf panicle hydrangea, dwarf summer sweet, dwarf viburnum, dwarf Virginia Dwarf, dwarf viburnum hydrangeas with tip cap, shrub / ground cover / miniature roses, spirea, St. Johnswort.
Perennials: allium, astilbe, betony, blue fescue, butterfly weed, candytuft, coral bells, coreopsis, dianthus, dwarf aster, dwarf black-eye susan, dwarf cat, dwarf golden rod, dwarf violet coneflower, dwarf shasta, chick, daisy, Lavender, Liatris, Liriope, Mothers, Penstemon, Salvia, Sedum, Stokesia, Turtlehead, Veronica, Yarrow.
- Read George’s column on compact plants
Small trees for small yards
Evergreen: Atlantic Whitecedary ‘Red Star’, Boxwood ‘Dee Runk’, Blue Holly (Red Beauty, Dragon Lady, Castle Tower), Dwarf Tree of Life, Dwarf Blue Spruce, Dwarf Cryptomery ‘Black Dragon’, Eastern Red Cedar, False Cypress Soft Serve, Hinoki cypress, gold / green thread cypress, Japanese umbrella pine, weeping spruce, weeping Serbian spruce.
Flowering trees: American dogwood, American edge tree, Amur maackia, cornel cherry dogwood, crab apple, crepe myrtle, dwarf river birch ‘Little King’, hawthorn ‘Winter King’, Japanese maple, Japanese tree lavender, Kousa dogwood, Little girl series of magnolias, Magnolia ‘Bracken’s Brown Beauty ‘, pagoda dogwood, paper bark maple, parrot, Peking lilac, purple smoke tree, red horse chestnut, red bud, serviceberry, flower with seven sons (heptacodium), snow bell, star magnolia, stewartia, Sweetbay magnolia, weeping purple beech hamamelis.
- Read George’s column on 10 native trees that are great for the landscape
Plants that look especially good in autumn
Trees: American brim, American holly, American hornbeam, bald cypress, black gum, crab apple, crepe myrtle, dawn sequoia, all dogwood, elm, flowering cherry, ginkgo, hawthorn, hinoki cypress, honeymoon, katsura, larch, oak, all maple, Parrot, red bud, river birch, serviceberry, flower with seven sons (Heptacodium), smoke tree, sour wood, stewartia, chewing gum, sycamore maple, willow, witch hazel.
Flowering shrubs: Bayberry, Beautyberry, Blueberry, Caryopteris, Chokeberry, Cotoneaster, Deutzia, Fothergilla, Leukothoe, Ninebark, Oak Leaf Hydrangea, Oregon Grape Holly, Panicle Hydrangea, Sumracachantha, Red Twig / Golden Twig Dogwood, Roses, Spicebush, Spirea Mellow Yellow Streak Johnswort, Summer Sweet, Viburnum, Virginia Sweetspire, Winterberry Holly.
Perennials: aster, large blue stem, coral bells, creeping sedum, feather reed, foam bells, fountain, goldenrod, Indian grass, Japanese anemone, joe pye weed, lead herb, small blue stem, muhly grass, mothers, perennial sunflowers, prairie drop seeds, sedge, sedum, Switchgrass, Threadsonf Amsonia, Toad Lilies, Turtlehead.
- Read George’s column on 18 fall foliage plants to grow at home
Plants for winter interest
Evergreen: Atlantic whitecedary ‘Red Star’, azalea (if well drained and ready to tolerate tip bugs), blue juniper, blue spruce, box honeysuckle, cryptomery, gold thread false press, golden tree of life, golden boxwood, golden juniper, golden pine, golden spruce, Hardy camellia, hinoki cypress, holly, Japanese plum yew, Japanese umbrella pine, Korean fir, leukothoe, nandina, rhododendron, colored boxwood, weeping evergreens, yew.
Trees: Coral bark maple, curly willow, Japanese maple, Kousa dogwood, paper bark maple, parrot, river birch, stewartia, sycamore maple, all weeping trees, winter hazel, witch hazel.
Flowering shrubs: laurel, Harry Lauder’s walking stick, oak leaf hydrangea, red-branch / gold-branch dogwood, winter berry holly, winter hazel, witch hazel.
Perennials: coral bells, creeping sedum ‘Angelina’, dianthus, foam flowers, foam bells, golden sedge, hens and chicks, lamium, fasting rose, ornamental grasses, silver-leaved brunnera, snowdrops, sweet flag, colorful liriope, winter aconite, yucca.
- Read George’s column on 11 ways to make your garden less dull in winter
- You can find the best perennials for specific situations in the 20 lists of the Terra Nova Nurseries