Plants for the front garden

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Final Plant Lists

Trees

  • Hop-hornbeams (2)
  • Serviceberries (3)

Shrubs

Boxwood

Plants

  • In front of fence: moonbeam coreopsis and catmint
  • Behind fence: grasses extending along fence from walkway to alley. Fountain grass seems best suited.
  • Added to fence area: butterfly weed
  • Over towards alley: purple coneflower
  • Under bird bath: stones and groundcovers
  • By front gate: bulbs and annuals (including pansies)
  • In pots:annuals

Feature

  • bird bath in SW corner

Research

Space

  • Front, strip between truck well and patio:
    • length, from drainpipe to sidewalk: 16 ft, 3 in
    • width: 1 ft
    • length, drainpipe back to building: 32 ft, 7 in
    • width: 1 ft
  • Full front of building:
    • length: 64 ft, 7 in
      • left of door: 18 ft, 7 in
      • right of door: 43 ft
      • door: 3 ft
    • width: 8 ft, 1 in

Plants

source: Landscaping with Native Plants of Michigan (Steiner)

  • Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)
    • 12-24 in
    • white flowers in June
    • like a groundcover
  • Anemone blanda (Grecian windflower)
    • pinkish-whitish-bluish
    • 6-8 in
    • early spring
  • butterfly weed
    • 12-36"
    • July and Aug
    • orange
  • nodding wild onion
    • 12-24"
    • June-July
    • purple pink to white
  • smooth blue aster
    • 24-36"
    • fall
  • New England aster
    • 3-6'
    • fall
    • big flowers
  • purple coneflower
    • 2-4'
    • mid-summer to fall
  • prairie smoke
    • 6-16"
    • April into summer
    • pink - deep
  • oxeye
    • 3-5'
    • June-Sept
    • yellow
  • western sunflower
    • 2-4'
  • Marsh blazing stars
    • 2-4'
    • mid-summer
    • pink-purple
  • bee balm (monadra fistulosa)
    • 2-4'
    • pink, lavendar
    • June-Aug
  • switch grass
    • 3-6'
  • gray-headed coneflower
    • 3-5'
    • blooms in summer
    • yellow
  • black-eyed susans (needs moisture)
    • 1 1/2-3 ft
    • late summer
  • little bluestem
    • 2-3'
    • grass
  • prairie dropseed
    • 2-4'
    • grass
  • common sundrops (Oenothera fruiticosa )
    • 2 ft
    • yellow
    • May-August
  • Michigan lily (Lilium Michiganense)
    • summer bloom
    • up to 5 ft tall
    • full or partial sun
    • needs some moisture
    • orange-reddish with spots
  • Yellow trout lily
    • 4-10 in
    • blooms early spring
    • yellow (white variety also)
    • shade, so best under trees

Vines

  • clematis terniflora (sweet autumn)
  • C Huldine (Duchess of Albany)
  • Virgin's bower
    • up to 20'
    • white
    • late June-July

Non-native

  • climbing rose

Trees

  • sassafras
    • 60x15
    • full to partial shade
    • orange/red/gold
    • yellow flower
  • arborvitae - Thuja occidentalis
    • 30-50 ft tall, 30 ft wide, but are controllable
  • juniper - Juniperus virginiana Canaertii
    • 20 ft tall, 8 ft wide
    • dark green leaves
  • redbud - Cercis canadensis
    • 15-30 ft tall, 20-25 ft wide
    • pink flowers bllom in May
    • moist, well-drained soil in full sun to light shade

Shrubs

Coreopsis sample.jpg

  • Rugosa rose (NON-NATIVE)

Lists from Celeste

These plants are in my yard and should thrive in the areas I recommend. Google plants for size/flower color/timing etc. This will be fun! Celeste

F=Front B=Back A=Alley P=Parking Lot

FORBS

  • Achillea millefolium - Yarrow A F P

*Allium Cernuum - Nodding Wild Onion A F P

  • Aquilegia canadensis - Columbine A F P B
  • Asclepias tuberosa - Butterflyweed F
  • Aster novae-angliae - N. E. Aster P F

*Carex pensylvanica - Penn Sedge B

*Coreopsis lanceolata - Sand Coreopsis F P

  • Heuchera americana - Alumroot (native Coral Bells) F A

*Monarda Fistulosa - Bee Balm A

*Oenothera fruiticosa - Sundrops A F P

  • Penstemon digitalis - Penstemon A P
  • Rudbeckia hirta - Black-eyed Susan F P
  • Rudbeckia triloba - 3-lobed Coneflower A P

*Schizachyrium scoparius - Little Bluestem P F

*Senecio aureus - Golden Ragwort A B P F

  • Geum triflorum - Prairie Smoke F
  • Solidago flexicaulis - Broad-leaved Goldenrod A B

*Sporobulus heterolepis - Prairie Dropseed F P

  • Trandescantia ohiensis - Spiderwort A P F
  • Zizia aurea - Golden Alexander F P

*Eragrostis spectabilis - Purple Love Grass P F A

  • Helianthus divaricatus - Woodland Sunflower B

*Helianthus strumosis - Pale-leaved Sunflower B

  • Hystrix patula - Bottlebrush Grass B

*Thalictrum dioicum - Early Meadowrue B

  • Aster cordifolius - Heart-leaved Aster B

*Geranium maculatum - Wild Geranium B

  • Opuntia humifusa - Prickly Pear F

*Physostegia virginiana - Obedient Plant A

*Pycnanthemum tenifolium - Mountain Mint F P

*Asarum canadense - Wild Ginger B Mary

*Amsonia tabernaemontana - Blue Star F P

  • Amorpha canascens - Leadplant F
  • Dodecateon meadia - Shooting Star F
  • Echinacea purpurea - Purple Coneflower F P

*Matteuccia struthiopteris - Ostrich Fern B

*Dicentra exima - Fringed Bleeding Heart F

VINES/GROUNDCOVERS

*Fragraria virginiana - Wild Strawberry A

  • Potentilla simplex - Potentilla A P

*Menispermum canadense - Moonseed B

TREES

  • Alnus Rugosa - Speckled Alder A
  • Amelanchier - Serviceberry F A
  • Cornus alternifolia - Alternateleaf Dogwood B
  • Cornus florida - While Flowering Dogwood F A
  • Liriodendron tulipifera - Tuliptree F
  • Nyssa sylvatica - Blackgum F
  • Ptelea trifoliata - Hoptree A
  • Sorbus Americana - Am. Mountain Ash A
  • Tsuga canadensis - Hemlock B
  • Viburnum prunifolium - Blackhaw A
  • Sassafrass albidum - Sassafras F A

SHRUBS

  • Itea virginica - Virginia Sweetspire F

*Myrica pensyvanica - Northern Bayberry A

*Diervilla lonicera - Bush Honeysuckle A*'