Monday, May 7, 2012

What Would You Plant Here?

Hello home gardeners, I need your suggestions!  You see a couple years ago my dad helped me build the  Blue Garden Shed.  One of the things I was eager to install was a green roof but I determined that I didn't have the knowledge or the money at the time to do it correctly. As s substitute one of the things I incorporated into the shed was a front door overhang.  I made the overhang so that it could be a planter box in effect it could have been a small version of a green roof.  The problem is - I never planted anything in it!  To this day the front door overhang planter box sits without a single plant growing in it.


What I need help with are a few suggestions to what would look good in the planter box.  But that's not all, it has to be sustainable.  The plants have to be able to take long periods of dryness (and survive periods of inattention). That might be an emphasis on natives. What would look good?  Probably lots of things but they have to be able to thrive on neglect.

So tell me, what plants would you plant on a front door overhang planter box on a blue shed?  I'm sure you don't get asked that question everyday!

9 comments :

  1. I think you should do succulents in a design pattern. I sent you an email with some design ideas. Also I was thinking in the back some Elijah blue fescue. And maybe stick to the grey blue theme bc I think it would look great with the blue. Maybe some grey plants (I can't think of the name right now). Then in the front something to cascade over like creeping thyme.

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  2. Dusty miller and lamb's ears was what I was trying to think of. I think that would look good with the Elijah blue.

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  3. Ice plant would be nice and colorful. I can get you cuttings of purple if you want.

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  4. Research plants used in the American West and Southwest. When we lived in Denver "xeriscaping" was THE thing. Not "zero-scaping" which is filling your yard with rocks and boulders. Xeriscaping is filling your yard with native plants that do well with whatever water Nature sees fit to provide and suggestions for how to get the most out of very little water.

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  5. I'm falling in love with mint again. This looks like a good controlled space where it shouldn't take over and you could enjoy how good it smells. I like the idea of a bright green against your blue garden shed too!

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  6. I would think of a good ground cover like creeping phlox in one of the darker pinks. Should be pretty much a "plant it and forget it"

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  7. Certainly some succulents. Some that drape nice.

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  8. I vote for the sedums with some blue fescue grass. I have several different types of sedum I would love to share with you and the fescue grass is easy peasy to start from seed.

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  9. Thanks to everyone for your suggestions! Hopefully I can come up with something within the next couple weeks!

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