Plant Bed

Before planting, the bed is outlined and cleared of all existing shrubs and sod. These plants are for a huge bed, 30 feet long by 15 feet wide.

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Dense Yew

dense yew used as a foundation plant

dense yew used as a foundation plant

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Desperate Landscapes

This dwarf, spreading evergreen is very popular.

It grows nearly twice as wide as tall--typically 3 to 4 feet tall with a 5 to 7 foot spread.
It bears red fruit in the fall. The dense yew does well in zones 4-7.
Cost: $57.50 each.
Maintenance Tip: The yew is tolerant of pruning, but do so selectively with a hand pruner.

Little Rascal Holly

holly shrubs used as part of new landscaping

holly shrubs used as part of new landscaping

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Desperate Landscapes

This holly is a great choice for an inexperienced gardener as it requires practically no maintenance.

It has a compact, rounded shape and grows to about 2-3 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Its evergreen leaves have a purplish hue in winter. The holly is very cold hardy. This variety performs well in zones 5-9.
Cost: $205 for six

Variegated Liriope

monkey grass used in new landscaping design

monkey grass used in new landscaping design

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Desperate Landscapes

Variegated liriope is also known as variegated lilyturf.

The foliage resembles grass with a creamy yellow edge. The plant grows to about 12 inches tall but can spread 1 to 3 feet. It has purplish blooms in early fall. The blooms resemble grape hyacinths. This plant does well in zones 6-10.
Cost: $11.50 each.

Forest Pansy Redbud

redbud tree was used in landscaping design

redbud tree was used in landscaping design

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Desperate Landscapes

The forest pansy redbud is a great small tree for the landscape.

It can grow to about 20 feet tall. It has rosy purple flowers along the branches in early spring followed by purplish heart-shaped leaves. It thrives in zones 5-8. In hotter areas, plant the redbud in partial shade.
Cost: $258

Seven Son Flower Tree

seven sons tree planted as part of landscaping

seven sons tree planted as part of landscaping

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Desperate Landscapes

This tree has an arching, open habit.

It's prized for its flowers and exfoliating, light-colored bark. It grows to 20 feet or more in height. The tree has creamy white flowers and in the fall, and has red calyces that are very colorful. It performs well in zones 5-8. This tree (which can also be a shrub) is not very common. You might have to go to a specialty nursery to find one.
Cost: $287.

Shirobana Spirea

shirobana spirea is used in the foreground

shirobana spirea is used in the foreground

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Desperate Landscapes

This spirea is a good specimen, border plant or hedge.

It has pink flowers and bright green leaves. It grows 2 to 3 feet high and wide. The Shirobana prefers full sun and does well in zones 4-9
Cost: $29 each.
Maintenance Tip: Prune spirea after flowering. Feed a general purpose fertilizer in early spring.

Royal Burgundy Barberry

royal burgundy barberry used for color in yard

royal burgundy barberry used for color in yard

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Desperate Landscapes

This barberry got its name from the deep burgundy color of its foliage, which looks best in full sun.

In addition to beautiful foliage, it has bright red berries in winter. This barberry grows 2-3 feet tall and wide. It does best in zones 4-8.
Cost: $35 each

Lavender Twist Redbud

lavender twist redbud delightful in all 4 seasons

lavender twist redbud delightful in all 4 seasons

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Desperate Landscapes

This is a unique redbud tree with a weeping umbrella-like shape.

It's also known as 'Covey' Redbud, so if you can't find Lavender Twist at the nursery, try asking for Covey. The lavender twist grows to about 7 feet tall. It has bright pinkish-purple flowers in spring. It performs well in zones 4-7.
Cost: $258

Coral Bark Japanese Maple

coral bark japanese maple used in landscaping

coral bark japanese maple used in landscaping

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Desperate Landscapes

This maple is prized for its light green leaves with red margins, and for its coral-colored bark which intensifies in the winter months.

The Japanese name of this tree is Sangokaku which means "coral tower." This species grows to about 15 to18 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide. It prefers part sun and performs well in zones 6-8.
Cost: $258
Landscape Design Tip: This maple was planted near the steps. Guests will see it every time they approach the house. It's important to choose something with year-round interest when planting in such a prominent spot.

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