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Old 06-05-2013, 11:50 AM   #1
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Ok so I am building this fire pit area and have settled on placing three clumps of aspen trees around the perimeter. You can see there is a stake where each of the clumps will be located. Once they are planted I will put another 2-3" of topsoil to even out those berms.

I'm looking for some ideas of ground cover or flowers that I can plant under and around the aspen trees. Any thoughts? This will be a fire pit area.
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Those bricks will end up being my border between the gravel and the topsoil. They haven't been set yet.

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I see everybody is as stumped as I am.
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how about some of these ...
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What's going on with the rails on that fence that they are not running parallel? The new trees should have 2-3 feet of bare dirt around them with mulch.
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What does the left side look like?
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What's going on with the rails on that fence that they are not running parallel? The new trees should have 2-3 feet of bare dirt around them with mulch.
I'm not sure what the neighbor was thinking when he built that. Following grade I guess.
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What does the left side look like?
We've got 4 raised beds and some hollyhock and peony bushes against the back of the house.
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Heres another one from the kitchen window.
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what planting zone are you in?

Would you consider in the back corner changing the inner corner
from an inne to an outee?

I think you need to provide a higher berm with a dynamic planting
and stones in that corner...I'm assuming in Colorado you can
get some great looking rocks and boulders.

To name a few, do you like, and can you get
the following?
vinca vine and English ivy
holly
Acuba
Euynomus



I just took this from inside the house, cause it's pouring outside...
This is our large waterfall, however it is an idea of what I mean about
creating a high spot in that corner, First berm it up high, plant along
the fence evergreen shrubs like Euynomus and Acuba, then the
smaller plants in the foreground.
Think color, in the plantings. I love a mix of light green, dark green,
and red.

I hope this helps you picture a built up area in the back corner.

Except for the geraniums everything else is perennial.
The bayberry plant is a lovely purplish color, there is vinca vine,
live forever, hosta, purple palace, and acuba.
in back of the scuba is a holy plant, in back of the holly
is Euynomus.

in the back plant the taller plants, then in the front lower plants.

I'm not suggesting that you should go this high, but certainly
higher than the rest of the bed.
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Yeah I can go up high there. I don't want to encroach on the fire pit area too much but I'll play around with some layout and see what it looks like.

Your waterfall area is beautiful by the way. I don't know if I can be that creative with plants. Also we are trying to only water by hand a couple times a week. I'm not planning on running irrigation to that section of the yard if I dont have to.
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Yeah I can go up high there. I don't want to encroach on the fire pit area too much but I'll play around with some layout and see what it looks like.

Your waterfall area is beautiful by the way. I don't know if I can be that creative with plants. Also we are trying to only water by hand a couple times a week. I'm not planning on running irrigation to that section of the yard if I dont have to.
Stay away from impatience then...they require a lot of water.
The impatience got a blight last year and they aren't selling them here.

For annuals we purchased new guinea impatience, and begonia and zinnia instead.

We also went heavy on gereniums...That would be a great flower
for you as they like to be dry, and can tolerate low watering.

Live forever is a perennial that can tolerate draught as well as vinca vine and english ivy.
They spread rapidly and transplants easily.
Purple palace is another perennial that divides easily and doesn't require a lot of water.
Fern is great too, spreads and requires low water.

Everything you see on the waterfall is perennial and comes back beautifully in early Spring.
Matter of fact, all our beds are like that,
heavely planted with perennials, thus, little to no weeding.

I think all the various color greens are beautiful.
This season, I talked the head guy into putting in less annuals;
and since the impatience are not available this year, it's a perfect
opportunity to let the perennials and ground covers shine.

The only thing we add is geraniums -- already
purchased in pots...Just plop them in, hiding the pots.
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At the risk of stepping on toes....

ala: 'Off' topic venting

...have you built a fire back there yet?

I just ask because it looks like it might be a bit tight if you have a large fire.

My sister had a fire pit in her back yard (in Illinois) and when they had a decent sized fire those lawn chairs were pushed waaay back. You want plenty of room to maneuver around and behind the chairs or seating for safety's sake.
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...have you built a fire back there yet?

I just ask because it looks like it might be a bit tight if you have a large fire.

My sister had a fire pit in her back yard (in Illinois) and when they had a decent sized fire those lawn chairs were pushed waaay back. You want plenty of room to maneuver around and behind the chairs or seating for safety's sake.
No we haven't yet. I'm picking up a steel pipe this weekend and will build it next week. We may end up moving it towards the yard a bit. I agree with you that I need to lay it out before I locate the pit.

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