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   Jun 29

Your Questions About Gardening

Mark asks…

What perennial flowers are tall enough to provide border cover for a meditation garden?

I intend to design and begin a meditation garden this spring. I want to border the garden with tall perennial flowers which are five feet tall or higher. A link address would also be appreciated. Thanks!

GardenersCardiff answers:

I live in PA so my answers will be based on plants that grow in the northeast US zone 6.

Switch grass will grow 5′-6′ tall and makes a good screen. Cup plant can also grow tall http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=SIPE2

thinleaf sunflower http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=HEDE

Lisa asks…

what are some zone 7 annuals and biennials i can start planting in mid to late april?

i want beautiful flowers that will bloom really quick? i dont want to buy plants just seeds. I want to enjoy my garden all through summer full grown. what list of flowers can i plant that fits all of my needs?

GardenersCardiff answers:

The following are highly decorative and great showy annuals that will flower for much of the year – Calendulas http://www.gardencentre.co.uk/images/large/820.jpg , Californian Poppies http://www.stonyfordcottagenursery.co.uk/images/518-escholzia-large.jpg, annual poppieshttp://suttons.hostserver1.co.uk/im/pd/FLSPOP7632_3.jpg , Limnanthes – poached egg plant http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3132/2389236628_4a9f39ffbf.jpg, . Linaria http://www.backyardgardener.com/tmimages08/280/1/1197.jpg , Godetia http://www.bucknur.com/acatalog/images/seeds/18599_l.jpg , Night Scented Stocks (Matthiola bicornis) – great for their evening fragrance, so plant near to where you sit, or windows etchttp://www.anniesannuals.com/signs/m/images/matthiola_bicornis_ess.jpg . A little later you could sow Sunflowers too, and these now come in a range of heights, as well as colorshttp://www.gardencentre.co.uk/images/large/2607.jpg as well as Nasturtiums – frost tender but great performers, great on poor soil http://gstuff.co.nz/shop/garden/images/trapaeolum_TALL%20MIXED.jpg .

For biennials, I would also grow Foxgloves, as these are easy from seed, and will re-seed for years to come http://www.gardencentre.co.uk/images/large/2280.jpg . Honesty (Lunaria) is a great biennial too, with attractive early flowers and seed pods later on.http://www.leylant.com/catalog/images/lunariaAnnua.jpg

Hope this helps. Good luck! Rob

Ken asks…

Anyone planted a hedge wall before?

I’m thinking about buying a cute old house, but it has railroad tracks really close by that are a big eyesore. If I planted a tall hedge to block it from view, how long would it take the plants to get to the proper height/density? It would have to be about 20 feet long and 6 feet high.

What types of plants are good to use? I live in the Midwestern USA- not sure what gardening “zone” that is, but it gets fairly warm and humid in the summer, and below freezing in the winter.

GardenersCardiff answers:

My first house was located near a RR tressle, I feel for you. Cypress would be a good, fast growing hedge and because they are dense, they would help buffer you from the train noises. Plus, they don’t shed leaves, you can prune them to whatever height you want them and they are evergreen shrubs. They smell great, as well.

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