This Semi-Circle Landscape Design will thrill you with many hours of
enjoyment. It has tall flowers and small flowers and will enhance a garden
wall, a fence or along a sidewalk or driveway. It is easy to maintain and will
work with full sun or partial sun.
This plan has a nice contrast of a tall plant, the Viburnum with smaller
flowering plants in front. The green leaves background of the Viburnum will
make the flowering plants look lovely. This landscape design will also allow
you to hide the old fence the neighbor's wheel barrow or other unsightly views.
The design is easy to create as it is a semi-circle. You just grab a string and
some landscape paint and off you go. Tie the string to a pole the walk to the
other end of the string. Grab the string at the fence and keeping the string
tight walk around to the other side of the pole while you spray the paint in
the grass or garden. If you did this right you should have a nearly perfect
Use These Perennials
At the straight end of the semi-circle place 5 Viburnum.
Then as you go toward the circle top place Black eyed susans Yarrow Salvias
intermixed with Astilbes.
I recommend you make a little circle with three salvias and place one Astilbe
in the middle. Allow enough room for the Astilbe to grow. You should have
enough room for two of these miniature arrangements.
is a plant with delicate feathery flowers. The astilbe prefers shade, but will
grow in sunshine. They do not put up with hot, dry weather. They prefer moist
shady spots in your garden. They come in a variety of colors and styles with
colors of pink, red, magenta, cream and white. The astilbe will bloom in June
and July. If the plant drys out in hot weather then the flowering will be over
for the summer.
is a plant to place in full sun and requires well drained soil. Place the
salvia in borders and rock gardens as they require little care. You can keep
salvias blooming longer in the summer season by deadheading them when the
flowers are spent. For floppy plants, cut the blooms and the stalks and flowers
will come back stronger and sturdier.
Black Eyed Susans are members of the Coneflower family (Rudbeckia) and produce
summer blooms in yellow with a brown button in the middle. You should plant in
full sun in well drained areas. They are hardy in hot dry areas and withstand
poor soil conditions like alkalinity and heavy soils. They are native American
comes in a variety of colors, pink, yellow and lavendar. The wispy leaves
require little care. The yarrow will grow best in the sun, though it can be
grown in the shade. If you grow it in the shade you may need to stake the
plants as they can become floppy. The common yarrow, Achillea millefolium, or
A. filipendulina, will grow best in dry soils. Do not overwater. When the
plants appear dry then water. Overwatering causes floppy plants and could be a
source of root rot.
Viburnum is a plant that will produce green leaves early in the summer making a
nice back drop for the other perennials in this collection. As the summer
continues the Viburnum will produce white little berries. Then in late fall the
berries turn blue to purple. In winter snow the brown leaves will finally blow
||Spring - Summer
||6 or 7
||Summer - Fall
||Pink, Yellow and Lavendar
|Black Eyed Susans
||Summer - Fall
||Summer - Fall
Have Fun with the Design
This is a very basic design that works well in most gardens and back yards. It
is clean and easy to care for. It doesn't require a lot of water. You want to
make sure the Astilbe gets watered regularly by hand but don't overwater the
rest of the plants.
The Salvia should come up first followed by wisps of the yarrow. Soon the
Blackeyed Susans greenery will show. The viburnum is rather woody the first
part of the spring and summer, but everything will look nice around the 4th of
July and all your summer cookouts.
I encourage you to play with this design. If you have had some of these plants
and don't like them; then experiment with plants you do like. This is a basic
design with loads of flexibility for you. I hpe you enjoy it and be sure and
send me pictures.