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My Garden 2012

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 22:42

Beautiful.  I especially love the phlox by the windowsill.  I may steal that idea.

New Gardener . . . New House . . . What would you plant?

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 22:20

I did some planting!

Front door:

I tore out the mexican feather grass and put in three little plants.  I didn't look too close at the names so I don't remember them offhand:


I made a container garden underneath the rock wall that you see first once you walk out the front door:


I dug out and planted the rosemary and assorted flowers and plants in the stone planter.  I left the bush in for now:


Out back by the pool where I have that narrow strip I put the mexican feather grass in and surrounded it by flowers:


Lets hope I keep them alive to enjoy the results to come.  I'll keep the thread updated.  I plan to do more every weekend and I'll have more questions for sure.  First one:  What fertilizer should I use  (if any)? And how much and how often and when do I use it?  Did I do anything wrong?  Thanks again!

New Gardener . . . New House . . . What would you plant?

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 00:20


Thank you so much.  The imagery really helps to see what you are describing.  You are not wrong about the light that area gets.  I will definitely consider your suggestions. 


Your simple explanation and picture was extremely useful for a beginner like myself.  I can't tell you how much I appreciate it.

New Gardener . . . New House . . . What would you plant?

Posted: 04/01/2013 at 01:11


When you say "Dig some of the lawn on the right and line with very contrasting low mounding plants fitting the seasons, like Lobularia, Violas, Alyssum, Brachycombe, Linaria moroccana."  Do you mean right next to the sidewalk?  Line the sidewalk with these types of plants or are you referring to another area?

I also plan to get taller plants for contrast in the little strip area I did btw because I like that idea, but thats low on the priority list currently.

New Gardener . . . New House . . . What would you plant?

Posted: 04/01/2013 at 01:03


So I managed to make the little strip of dirt for when you walk in look a tad bit better.  The result is below.  I decided the area wasn't big enough to grow anything and the plants would probably just grow over the sidewalk.  I put down some landscaping fabric and covered it with rock asphalt.    I plan to take down the screens on the windows and put a windowsill box on each window and put some flowers in there.  The house needs a coat of paint and that green thing needs to go but thats for a different forum.  I am fairly pleased with the result, so thanks so much for your advice.

I also went to the nursery and actually bought stuff instead of just looking around and leaving.  Here's a picture of my stock:

I got 3 rosemary protrate, 1 cat scat, 1 scabiosa, 2 6 pack of linaria, 1 unknown and 1 curly willow tree (yes I got a curly willow tree, why I have no idea).  I got recommended rosemary prostrate as it will trail down the rock wall.  That seemed like a good idea and then to have flowers mixed into the bed.  I like the idea of planting a moderately growing climber behind it and will look into that.  I'm not sure that I will plant another shrub.  They seem so boring.  I have a few questions if youre not to busy to help a total noob, I would appreciate it. 

Here's where I am looking to plant:

First,  do I just plant the three rosemary's where I marked the red ice cream cones and then plant the flowers around it?  How much do I need to separate the flowers?

Two, is there anything I need to do to train the rosemary to trail down the wall?

Three, what type of soil mix would you recommend?

Four,  what type of daily/monthly/yearly care do I need to think about?

Finally,  What the heck am I going to do with this tree?  The planter in the second picture above is that too small to plant it in?  How big does the planter need to be?  I don't just plant it in the front yard right, I put it in a planter and put it by the pool out back?  What type of soil is required and any daily care I need to know about?

Anyway, I really appreciate you guys helping out someone with a million questions who doesn't have an eye for painting with the landscapers brush.

New Gardener . . . New House . . . What would you plant?

Posted: 31/12/2012 at 12:39

This is wonderful!  Thanks so much for your responses they are very helpful.  @Dovefromabove  I took out a lot of ill-maintained shrubs.  I wanted a least a little color in the garden and the freedom to plant some flowers.  @New Year  I will look at climbers that grow well in my area I think that's a great idea.  @Kate  Thank you for your specificity I will take a look at the ones you recommend.  Great ideas, thank you very much!

New Gardener . . . New House . . . What would you plant?

Posted: 30/12/2012 at 23:49


I have recently moved into a quaint (aka needs a lot of work) home in the Los Angeles area.  I have little gardening experience.  The exterior of the home was not taken of and I have stripped out a lot of dying/dead plants and have essentially a blank canvas in which to work with.  I find myself going to the nursery but I get scared to pull the trigger on purchases having  little experience in this world.  So I am asking for help.  What would you plant in these areas?

Front door:

I tore out some grotesque shrub and have hidden the dirt with planters.  I could leave the planters or remove them.  The soil here is very compact, theres not a lot of area and there are pipes and such not that far underneath the soil.  

Front door to the right:

I put in that mexican feather grass and planted roughly 300 bulbs throughout the bed (which you can see sprouting a little).  I have room to plant a small amount next to the feather grass.  

Front of house:

There were two shrubs like the one on the left in the planter.  I ripped both of them out.  The shrub I left wass the smallest of the three.  The planter that is attached to the house is not that wide (1 ft) and not that deep (1 ftish).  There's a trellis which you could grow something up.  I could also rip out the two remaining shrub things.  I have no idea what to plant here.

Side of the house:

I built this above ground planter and planted about 500 bulbs in it.  I was thinking of waiting until they bloom and then planting annuals around the flowers once they bloom.

Back of the house:

I ripped out what was in this area.  Its like 1.5 feet wide, not real deep.  I don't know what to plant back here and have toyed with possibly doing a vegatable garden although I have never maintained one.  That shrub thing to the right of the area I may pull out too or may just leave it.  I don't really like it but it wasn't quite as bad as some of the other stuff that I took out.  

Thanks for reading and any help is greatly appreciated.  I will post after photos as well.

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