I have a bed that has to be completely reworked due to loss of mature trees destroyed by storms. One tree was an oak that was over a hundred years old (a heart breaking loss). The bed is enclosed on the North and East sides by the brick walls of the house and porch. It faces West. It is 12 ft. deep by 28 ft. long with a 7 ft. drop from the porch to the Southern end. The combination of the afternoon sun and brick wall can make for a dry situation but we have access to natural water and we water often.
I would like a couple of small trees. It is okay if they overhang into the yard. I would like to create a bird and butterfly habitat, and incorporate some spring flowering bulbs, and at least one climbing vine if I can find one that can take the heat of the wall…or it could scramble through a shrub if that would be better. It would be nice if it had a few evergreen plants/shrubs/trees so as not to be completely bare in winter.
We are in zone 7a – 6 b, but we often have a severe late spring freeze after everything is up and beautiful.
We have lost so much in the last couple of years that replanting has gotten really expensive. Also, I don’t want to make a big mistake with this bed. Any ideas would be so appreciated– ideas completely different from my own are very welcome.
I am very weak in tree and shrub knowledge so I could really use help there.
If this is too big a request for this forum, I completely understand. Thank you.
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.