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cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

March 14, 2011
11:33 AM

Post #8426501

We had a large fountain at church surrounded by coleus in shade last year. A storm took out the tree, the tree took out the fountain. I now have a sunny flower bed.

I would like to grow something that will visually look like sort of like a fountain, 3 levels of plants. I have tentatively decided on orange zinnias as the middle plant and red wave petunias as the floor level. I would like a bright yellow (I think) taller plant as the centerpiece, but can't think of what plant to use.

I know this is a container forum, but you all have such wonderful skills putting plants together I thought perhaps you could make suggestions.

I am also open to totally different plants, the only requirement is nearly full sun.

Thank you all for any help you may provide.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 14, 2011
2:59 PM

Post #8426910

Canna is my first thought. They do have a yellow cultivar and a yellow streaked with reddish orange.
cindylove
Lewisville, TX
(Zone 7b)

March 14, 2011
5:04 PM

Post #8427153

I agree with you Pirl.. I thought of Cannas also. Cannas can also be found in orange.

One thought I had was that the petunias could grow as tall as your zinnias unless you made sure you got the "Giant" Zinnias. Red Salvia is also a nice size with "feathered/layered" like flowers.
drumlin
Rockport, ME
(Zone 5b)

March 14, 2011
5:08 PM

Post #8427161

Cathy4, do you want to use only annuals? My first thought was a spray of interesting grass in the middle.
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

March 14, 2011
5:59 PM

Post #8427261

Thanks everyone! You are great!

Drumlin, I've looked at the grass, but we have several other areas with tall grass so I'm not sure I want to repeat that. Pirl and Cindy, the cannas sound interesting, that would work even without the flowers at first. My petunias are the spreading kind, the zinnias are supposed to be 18-24 inches, so I think that will work. Yellow Salvia has been on my maybe list, I have a large pot that could raise them up in the center.

Hubby and I have been changing the beds over to perennials out away from the courtyard, and until the tree came down had a solid background base of different hosta, we use annuals for color. This bed is the main interest so I really do want it to be bright. The coleus last year were amazing, I was so sad to see that bed crashed under a huge oak.

Thanks for the suggestions, I'll think I'll head out and look at the cannas.



WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

March 14, 2011
9:38 PM

Post #8427716

I have Tropicana I can send you. Just dug up about 100. D-Mail me your address. Sharon Winter

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 15, 2011
5:38 AM

Post #8427966

What a generous offer, Sharon! That's so very nice of you.
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

March 15, 2011
5:55 AM

Post #8427991

Oh Sharon! I was looking online and thought I'd have to try something else because of the price. I'll gladly send postage back.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 15, 2011
6:06 AM

Post #8428008

Sharon is a blessing, Cathy.
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

March 15, 2011
6:27 AM

Post #8428063

Sharon is a true blessing, but so your you, pirl.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 15, 2011
6:29 AM

Post #8428067

Aw, thanks, Cathy.

When you get Sharon's package you'll see just how generous she is.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

March 15, 2011
6:31 AM

Post #8428071

No postage is needed Cathy. The birds are just starting to sing. The sun must be coming up. Have a great day.
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

March 15, 2011
6:53 AM

Post #8428117

Then I promise to pass it forward. I start lots of veggie plants for sharing, I'll share them thinking of you. Hugs hugs hugs!
Frank65
Hallowell, ME

March 17, 2011
4:26 PM

Post #8433076

Just from a man's perspective may I suggest using Verbascum Southern Charm or the yellow foxglove digitalis grandiflora.
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

March 17, 2011
4:37 PM

Post #8433093

Thanks Frank, I'll look them up, if not in that bed maybe another. There are quite a few beds and I like to use different plants so it isn't boring and like all the commercial gardens around town.

Added: gorgeous suggestions, I want them both for the church gardens. thanks again!

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ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 19, 2011
3:11 AM

Post #8435847

Just a note: Verbascums are huge plants. Those measurments are real.
nedweenie
Windsor, CT
(Zone 6a)

March 23, 2011
2:07 PM

Post #8445632

Sunflowers may be just the thing for the center. Tall & cheery. And yellow!

I like white cleome mixed with zinnias in a dense planting. A nice combo of delicate & bold.
cindylove
Lewisville, TX
(Zone 7b)

April 12, 2011
10:14 AM

Post #8490258

If you are going to plant sunflowers the variety called "Lemon Queen" is recommended as it is the best to save the honey bees that are endangered. There is no fear of getting stung with honey bees as they are "busy bodies". The bee watcher's society has asked anyone planting sunflowers to go with this specific named seed. (thanks).
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

April 12, 2011
10:33 AM

Post #8490313

thanks everyone, I'm still trying to decide, we plant the first weekend in May if the weather is good, snow predicted this weekend but it won't last.

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