2021 Floral Landscape (Part 2)

Jun 15, 2021 | Garden, Maggie Lane Designs

Happy Wednesday everyone!!  Today is the second part of my 2021 Floral Landscape design along with some helpful information I’ve learned along the way.  Normally I plant and then wait a year to blog about it since perennials and shrubs take awhile to bloom and spread out but this year I couldn’t wait.  Our goal was to finish our shed and start on the landscape around the shed (more to see next year) which we accomplished but I’ve had a few people ask me about deer resistant plants.  In this post, I’ll talk about what I chose and why along with color combinations and not being afraid to mix and match!
You will see that I continue my colors throughout the yard and in each corner of the yard, there is something to look at.  I have a bird bath in each corner of the yard with my newest from Lowe’s which I put my the shed.  If you would like to purchase it, contact Lowes and ask for Alpine Corporation 24-in H Light Brown Ceramic Complete Birdbath
Item #1048439Model #TLR102LBR
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2021 Floral Landscape | www.twoadorablelabs.com
2021 Floral Landscape | www.twoadorablelabs.com
Day Lily
‘Stella de Oro’
  • Long blooming
  • Easy to grow
  • Easy ground cover and clumping
  • Blooms early summer to fall
  • Grows up to 12”
  • Space 24” apart
  • Hardy
  • Water weekly until roots establish
  • Comes up every year
  • Deer resistant
Sun Club Calla Lily
  • Partial sun
  • Perennial
  • 3 – 6 hours morning sun
  • Keep ground or pot soil moist
  • Blooms summer
  • Hardiness 30 to 20 degrees F
  • Not for animal consumption.  These plants are poisonous to dogs but fortunately Jake And Maggie do not pay any attention to them.
  • Deer resistant
Rose Marvel Salvia
  • Bloom season in spring, summer, and fall
  • Considered a mounding perennial
  • 6 hours direct sun
  • Keep moist first year, water 1 time per week
  • Non hardy in zones 1 – 3
  • Average mature size is 10 -12” high and 10 – 12″ wide
  • Space 10 -12” apart
  • Deer resistant
  • Bee pollinators 
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Hermann Naue Colorado Spruce
  • Deer resistant
  • Globe shaped
  • Growth rate is 3 – 5” per year
  • Garden size – 4’H x 4’W
  • Sunlight: full sun
  • Cold hardiness: -50 to -40 degrees F
  • Spring brings bright pink cones at the tip of the shoots
  • Thin bluish green needles cover the dense branches
  • Perfect in rock gardens or other small scale spaces
  • Thrives in well-drained soil
  • Hardy
  • Successfully growing hostas in the shade depends on color
  • Hosta leaves come in a variety of greens, ranging from a color so deep it’s called blue to a light chartreuse to a soft creamy white
  • A good rule of thumb for the placement and care of hostas is the lighter the foliage, the brighter the sun
  • The deeper darker foliage retains it color best in moderate shade
  • Great for borders and ground cover
  • Have shoots of light purple flowers during the summer
  • I’ve seen deer eat them but I haven’t had any problems
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Remember to always dig hole twice as wide as deep as the pot.  
Mix your fertilizer and potting soil into the native soil of your garden.
Loosen plant’s root base and place in the ground.
Ask your garden center for the best plant food. 
Water generously.  I always water my plants in the evening.  Watering them in direct sunlight can cause burning on the leaves.
If you have a hanging basket sitting on hot pavement or cement and it starts to wilt or die, it may be because the root system is getting burnt from the heat of the pavement.
I once sprayed my hanging baskets with plant food and 15 minutes later they looked like I had set them on fire.  Follow the directions!  If you use too much, you can kill your flowers.
Edging is a great way to make your landscape look neat and clean.  We edge around every patio, sidewalk, around our driveway and along our street but what you will see in my shed pictures is a much needed edging!  I will get to that!  I promise. 
Buying material to keep your mulch from falling onto your sidewalk can make for a cleaner look as well.  This is something we are planning to do next year.
Buy mulch in yards rather than bags.  It is much easier to spread and cheaper.
Choose a color of mulch that compliments your home exterior.  We chose black because we have a grey house with black shudders, mahogany door and brick, and white trim.  
We chose different shades of green plants and boxwoods and the black mulch helps these shrubs to pop!  
Don’t be afraid to create a pot using the same plant but in different colors.  I picked these flowers up at Walmart and combined bright orange with bright pink.
If you want to plant rows of flowers and shrubs in your landscape or garden, make sure you consider the height of each variety you are choosing.  Choose a ground cover or shorter plant, followed by a medium height, and finally the taller plant.
If you like more of an English style garden, just make sure you don’t over-crowd your garden with the plants you choose.
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2021 Floral Landscape | www.twoadorablelabs.com
Everyone has a landscape style.  When we bought our house, it was green and minimal which works great if you want low maintenance but I guess I’m not low maintenance :-). I started adding colors and layers to the yard.  I like layered gardens with different heights, bird baths, fountains, etc.  I love mixing boxwoods with hostas and roses with hydrangeas, etc.  I like combinations of different plants, different textures, and if the space allows, flowering trees.  I also love different varieties of hostas which is something I’m considering doing next year.  How about a Hosta garden??!
As for my containers, I keep everything neutral with a combination of grey, cream, cement, rust, and black and tend to match my bird baths with my pots.  I find containers that look good with the house and then add my color with the flowers I choose.
Place lanterns throughout your patio, porch, and yard for a romantic feel.  I purchase a lantern in Missouri at Three French Hens and it adds height and depth to my landscape.  I always make sure to buy lanterns that have a solid top to keep the rain and snow out.  Mix lanterns in with your plants and flowers. They look so pretty lit up at night.
Add landscape lighting for more ambiance.  
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Maggie laying under our Japanese Maples after a morning of playtime 🙂

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If you are looking for more inspiration, information, ideas, and pictures, check out my previous posts:

I love hearing from all of you and do my best to respond to each and every one of you.  I always enjoy your comments, feedback, and suggestions so keep them coming!  If I’ve posted a recipe (for our human and our furry friends) and you try it, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @twoadorablelabs and use #twoadorablelabs​.

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  1. Carla D Evans

    Beautiful! 🤗

    • Bobbi

      Thank you! It has been so much fun working out in the yard and seeing everything bloom!

  2. Barbara Bolduc

    Picture perfect Bobbi Jo! Your yard is breath taking. I especially like when your fur babies are peeking out of the landscaping. Very informative! ❤️👏👏

    • Bobbi

      Awh, thank you so much! We are really enjoying being outside and the dogs love running around. In that picture, they are watching the deer! I always say…”let’s go on the porch” and they both run to the porch and look to see if I’m following. LOL


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