This mixed border makes a handsome addition to the landscape, and it’s filled with easy-care plants that will do their duty quickly. And by “do their duty,” we mean masking eyesores and creating privacy. Oh, and did we mention the garden also attracts birds?
Maintenance is simple. Cut down the grasses and perennials in late winter, and add a slow-release fertilizer to the bed in spring. Water until plants are established. After that, they require little supplemental watering except during drought. The plants in this bed grow best in full sunlight -- at least 6 hours a day.
A) Choke cherry (Prunus virginiana), Zones 3-8
B) Paperbark maple (Acer griseum), Zones 4-8
C) Giant grass (Miscanthus giganteus), Zones 5-8
D) Purple ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius), Zones 3-7
E) Dwarf fountaingrass (Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hameln’), Zones 5-9
F) Chartreuse smokebush (Cotinus coggygria), Zones 5-9
G) Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida), Zones 4-9
H) Helenium (Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’), Zones 4-8
I) Juniper (Juniperus squamata), Zones 4-9
J) Knock Out rose (Rosa spp.), Zones 4-9
K) Chartreuse sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas), annual
L) Gold Coast juniper (Juniperus x pfitzeriana), Zones 4-9