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Planning new flowerbeds, need perennials suggestions

2 months ago

Hi, I'm in zone 6B in northern NJ, and trying to plan some deer-resistent perennials for my house. I think I'd like some small shrubs for either side of the front door. I'd like opinions on the best perennials that have the most color throughout the year.

I've spent some time this weekend and considered all of the recommendations. Can I ask someone to review my findings?

Among the flowers/shrubs I'm considering for the main flower bed closest to the street are:

  • Axcent Deep Purple Rock Cress
  • Aster Marie Ballard
  • Red Sarah Berrnhardt Peony
  • Morning Lilac Itoh Peony
  • Bartzella Itoh Peony (Yellow)
  • Salvia nemorosa May Night (Sage) (right side?)
  • Aster 'Pink Crush' (left side?)
  • Threadleaf Coreopsis
  • Bearded Iris
  • Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’ (plant with Iris)

For the front of the house:

  • Sonic Bloom® Weigela Shrub (left and right of stairs?)
  • Conversation Piece Azalea (flower bed right, also next to stairs?)

These are only suggestions - not necessarily suggesting I plant all of these flowers.

I've also put together a Google Doc with pictures of each of these. Please feel free to comment.

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