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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Dear Belina Blue Eyes-

I have some empty beds in my front yard which are north-facing.

What plant babies do you recommend I adopt for these spots?

One bed is under the big front window of my Pink House.

The other is a small, almost-triangular patch of dirt between the driveway and the front steps.

I'm open to colors. I'm open to greenery. I'm open to inexpensive. I'm open to tall or short. I'm not really sure how I feel about bulbs though.

Thanks for your consideration.

- Lost Liv Lusting after Luscious Lawn

PS Happy Graduation!


  1. I like bushes that flower? Don't remember what they are called. And I like my columbine perennials. They bloom every year and are a pretty green when they're not blooming :)

  2. Hmm I will have to ask my dad, he is the expert of gardening, flowers all of that good stuff. As you know he helped me with my yard. Do you want bushes of flowers? Bulbs are great, except the only ones I've planted are tulips. There's also some pretty plants that come up ever year so it saves time and money from planting new ones each year.

  3. Thanks for the tips! Keep them coming! I'm so overwhelmed with what to do once I rip out the weeds for the third time and really clear the front.

  4. Oh Liv, I have lots of thoughts... I'll try to keep most to myself. :) Hostas are great for shady/north facing areas and they come in different colors (of green), and some are variegated. They're low to the ground, though, so if you need something taller that might not work. You could do grasses, too — if you can find some that don't require a ton of sun. Or ferns. They don't need much sun, but get taller. Lots of ground covers are good. Anyway. I'll stop now. I'll get to do this all next year hopefully at my house, so you'll have to help me then.

  5. Holy COW, Liv, I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to respond! I've got family and friends in town for graduation and have totally fallen out of the blogosphere. Kim just told me that you wrote this post! Anyway, I am going to pull out my trusty gardening books and come up with a fun plan for you, my dear. And I can't tell you how excited I am to do it! However, all good things take till Sunday. So I hope you don't mind me taking just a few more days!

  6. Sounds like Abby has probably got you covered, but I thought I'd add my two cents. My house also faces north and in my flowerbeds I have a bleeding heart, anemones, hostas, violets, violas (all perennials) impatiens, calladium, and coleus (annuals). I also have a peony on the end that gets a few hours of sun in the afternoon/evening.
    Happy planting!

  7. I have no real advice for you. But if you buy your plants from the very knowledgeable, friendly people at J&L in Bountiful (where my mom happens to work) you'll get a 2 year warranty on your plants. So if you're like me, and you kill plants just by looking at them, you're covered!


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