I'm Looking For Landscaping Ideas For Our House In The Country.

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We bought a home where the landscaping has been destroyed by a fire a few years back so I'm interested in landscaping ideas for it. It is in the country so I am interested in drought tolerant things or things don't require a lot of water. Even though I'd like drought tolerant, I still want things that are pretty, flowering even. I also would like things that are more low maintenance and perennial. We live in Amarillo, Texas, zone 6, we get winters with snow and we get a few 100+ degree days in the summer. I have areas that get a lot of sun, I have areas that get morning sun and afternoon shade from trees (these seem tricky) and I have a spot that gets a lot of shade. I'd love any suggestions.

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Answer #1 · Gardenality.com's Answer · Hi Melinda - It sounds like you have quite a large landscaping project going. I usually recommend consulting with a reputable landscape designer who is very familiar with the plants that grow in your area. If you want to make plant selections yourself, the Plant Search in Gardenality is a very useful tool. To get to the Plant Search, click on the Plants tab in the main menu of tabs towards the top of this or any other page in Gardenality. Then click on the Build Your Search link under Option #2. Then click on Plant Type to select the etype of plant you're lokking for for a particular spot. Then click on Sun Exposure to selct the amount of sunlight the planting area will get. Then make sure to click on Temp/Zone to select your USDA Hardiness Zone. You can continue to narrow down your search for just the right plants for a particular spot by making selections under the other tabs in the search.

Here's a link to an article that goes into more detail...


If you have any trouble using the plant search, or need more details about specific plants, don't hesitate to ask us any other questions you might have.


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Melinda Marsh · Gardenality Seedling · Zone 6A · -10° to -5° F
Wow, I didn't know that there was that ability to do that here, I'll check it out.

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Answer #2 · Maple Tree's Answer · Melinda-As Brent mentioned, the Gardenality Plant search is a great tool for us gardeners. Its not only extremely useful, but a lot of fun finding plants I had not seen or grown before that are available and will survive in my location. I use this feature almost weekly finding new plants for my gardens and helping others creating or refurbish their existing gardens. Its a great way to show them pictures and information on plants they may be interested in. I noted below a few other links to articles in Gardenality that may be helpful and interesting to you when designing and creating the gardens you desire. These articles are also helpful if you decide to use a professional landscape designer. These article will give you information so that you are prepared for any questions the designer will be asking you. Knowing and jotting down Size and location of gardens you would like to have, property dimensions, possibly trees, ground covers, shrubs, and flowers you desire is information that will help the designer more easily create a design. Hardscapes and type of irrigation you would like added to your design is information you can ask about when meeting with a designer. Letting your designer know where any underground utilities are located or possible water and electrical lines you want installed for lighting or water features will help. This is useful information regarding areas to be aware of and items he can add to his design without going to the city or elsewhere for this information . Although you want input from your designer regarding several ideas to work with any information he does not have to search for or measure for himself saves time and money. Just click on the links below to go directly to the articles.



Hopefully this has helped.


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