Needing ideas of what will work in a flower bed

Parker, KS(Zone 5b)

Last summer, my DH and I built a 6 foot across flower bed around our yard light. Our yard light is one of the first things you see when coming up our driveway so we thought it would be a good place for a flower bed to add some "curb appeal". Being new to flowers and such, I think that we made a mistake putitng a flower bed here. We did not put anything in it since it was the end of July when we finished it.

It is in full sun until 5pm. The yard light is on all night long and there are TONS of bugs around it at night. Alot of what we call June Bugs, but I think they are actually May beetles.

So, do you think that anything will work in this flower bed? I would prefer perrenials over annuals, but beggars can't be choosers.

Thanks so much for any suggestions!
Cassie
Zone 5

Hillsborough, NC(Zone 7b)

Not from your neck of the woods but if you can grow ornamental grasses, lots can take those conditions and may look quite attractive and architectural under the light with the shapes, shadows and all.

Burien, WA(Zone 7b)

Why do you think it was a mistake? Because of the bugs? What kind of soil to you have? Is it a 6 foot circle?

Parker, KS(Zone 5b)

I think it was a mistake because of all the bugs. I am not sure what type of soil I have. It is dark loose soil. We built a house and it is from the many piles of dirt we have. I am planning on putting down some bags of garden soil in the bed. It is a 6 foot round circle.

Hillsborough, NC(Zone 7b)

Dark and loose sounds good.
If it is bugs that are attracted to the lights - don't worry about it. I'd love to have the june bugs "go to the light" and leave my plants alone! Those bugs are seasonal anyway.

I bet when you are done your area will look great and it will be a lot of fun for you and build confidence in what you can do.

Go to a local nursery and ask for help regarding perennials that will grow in your area in the sun etc. etc. and also fill in with some annuals that you can change up seasonally.

Gilmer, TX(Zone 8b)

To answer your question about what might take a lot of sun--here are a few perennials:

Coneflower
Liatris
Shasta Daisy 'Alaska'
Dianthus
Roses
Rudbeckia
Salvia
Veronica
Irises
Tiger Lilies
Gaura
Penstemon

Parker, KS(Zone 5b)

Thanks for the list!

My mom had given me some daffodil bulbs last fall and I tucked them under the porch to get to another day. I forgot all about them. I found them this weekend. Some of them were a foot tall! They were just in a bucket, no dirt, no water, nothing!

So, I planted them in the ground. I also started some zinnia seeds and am planning on doing daylilies also.

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

Grasses do well in Kansas, lemon grass, for one, rosemary is a fragrant blooming tuff plant, type of rosemary depends on ht/shape it will have. Those June bugs stink something fierce when in piles dying, yuck. but they are also drawn to going dormant in your lawn, esp under oaks. Look for info on Japanese Beetles, you may want to treat your lawn...

Hillsborough, NC(Zone 7b)

Can you grow blue star amsonia? The plants are so nice with the tiny bright blueflowers on long green leafed stalks. But best of all come autunm.....the plants
stalks and leaves glow..a hot amber yellow. Very full and bushy, like the smoke tree it makes full bodied stalk a furry autumn, treat. Architectural. I think i have seeds from last year.

This message was edited Apr 12, 2011 10:41 PM

Parker, KS(Zone 5b)

Missingrosie--I had never heard of that plant before. So I googled it, very interesting plant! I really like the looks of it. I think it said that it would grow in zone 5-8, I am in zone 5b.

Hillsborough, NC(Zone 7b)

I think i have seeds. Send me a d mail and I will send you seeds
Lu

Princeton, KS

Hi there. I live not too far from where you live so I thought I would list a few that I grow easily in our area.

Knockout shrub roses
*Purple coneflower--Magnus, Ruby Star, Bravada, White Swan
*Marshall's Delight beebalm
*Raspberry Wine beebalm
*May Night salvia
Butterfly bush--I love butterfly bush.
Autumn Joy Sedem (stonecrop)
Cleome (annual but will reseed)
*Goldsturm Rudbekia (black eyes susan)
Walker's Low catmint
Russian sage
Wine and Roses weigela (shrub)
Spirea, little princess and fire light (small shrub)

* self-spreading perennials

The above comprises a list of very easy to grow perennials for our area. Just plant them, keep the weeds out, and they will thrive. No need to even water once established.

Also, ornamental grasses would look very nice with all the above. Another consideration would be putting something up the light pole for a perennial climbing vine. I love Goldflame honeysuckle.

The daffodils will look very pretty, but will only bloom for a short period in early spring.

This message was edited Apr 18, 2011 8:44 PM

Mays Landing, NJ

I put in a new flower bed between house and the side walkway... and telling you my mistakes so you dont repeat them:
1. No contrast in shape, everything was a low mounding flower. Put in day lilies and allium to fix that.
2.Nothing in winter. Put in ornamental grasses, a trellis with an evergreen vine (a hardy jessamine) and dwarf globe boxwood. Just saw at a local nursery a dwarf pyramid boxwood , a very nice shape.

Lynnwood, WA(Zone 7a)

What came to mind for me was how the plants in that area would never have darkness. The bugs attracted to the light did not strike me as the challenge. I'm more wondering if some plants will suffer from 24 hours of light.

Quote from missingrosie :
Dark and loose sounds good.
If it is bugs that are attracted to the lights - don't worry about it. I'd love to have the june bugs "go to the light" and leave my plants alone! Those bugs are seasonal anyway.

I bet when you are done your area will look great and it will be a lot of fun for you and build confidence in what you can do.

Go to a local nursery and ask for help regarding perennials that will grow in your area in the sun etc. etc. and also fill in with some annuals that you can change up seasonally.


That's Cool. Good idea.

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