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:D :D . Oops! :P I don't know how did that happen, my bad...I think I was quite tired (from picking and washing rocks from my side yard) Rainbowgardener. Thanks for pointing me out. Or may be my eyes get confused from scolling down to copy each names and go back up and type or replace again. :)

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To Applestar

[Do they look like garden sorrel?]

I don't feel they are and I've never seen them before either in vegetable or any plant. The thing is it could be from the seeds that I bought from Vandusen garden and may be one of them, But it's been living for over 2 months and no shows for flower so I post here to ask my honored geeks.

They come out quite healthy and I think it can't be weed and I decide to replant there to watch till the flowers show.

But I also think they looks like annual, that's all I can think of till now :)

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Raibowgardener -- Yeah, but if I had my way, I would give you a special rank of your own :> :flower:
...considering you have the highest post count of all of us to date. Thanks for your contributions.
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PS re design tips and tricks. I noticed something else about that picture, very subtle and advanced design, but easy to replicate, once you notice it. Note how the curved out portions are wider at the front and narrower at the back. It's called false perspective. You know, if you are drawing a picture of a street, you would make the lines showing the edges of the street closer together at the back of the picture than the front. That is perspective in drawing; it indicates to your eye that the back of the street is farther away than the front. So you can do the same thing in your garden. The false perspective makes it looks like the back of the garden is farther away than it really is.

You can do the same thing with other garden design elements, like paths. Make your path just a little bit narrower at the far end than the near to make your garden look longer/ deeper.
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You guys are super genius! I don't know how to thank more! I'm so happy to be a member here and even thinking to dare a small vegetable garden next year. . Wish me I won't screw it up or teach me the spell if you have one! LOL

I'm starting my project now in old garden and guess what happen? it rains heavily today out of the blue. :D Well that's part of our live and help me easy to move gladi's after, I believe. I'll keep posting when ready.

Thanks you guys a bunch!

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No specific plant recommendations just some general thoughts on design. No straight lines. The front of your beds should have gentle curves. Mother nature does not do straight lines. Plant spacing is critical. Always allow for mature size. When planning consider both sun and water needs. Group plants with similar needs adjacent to each other. Plant in odd number groupings. Stagger your plants - again no straight lines. Work your way back to front with taller plants in the back. Gradually decrease the height of your plants as you move to the front of your bed. Also consider bloom time. Glads have a relatively short bloom time so when they are done you will have a color blank spot. Scatter them throughout your bed in groups of 3 and incorporate longer blooming perennials.

You may want to make a plan on paper. Use 1/4" = 1' graph paper and draw your bed. Place your plants allowing spacing for mature size.

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I just looked at your pictures again. I agree that the plants - iris? around the tree are to concentrated. Again these are short lived blooms and need to be scattered through out the bed. You edging is cute but not very functional. I use steel edging but stone will work as well. Much easier to mow and weed eat around. The tree in your side bed looks half dead. The roots are breaking up the side walk. That will get worse with time. If that were my house I would remove the tree and use that space for low growing and cascading annuals and perennials. Maybe incorporate prostrate rosemary and cascading juniper for year round green. That would also be a great place for herbs.

The soil in the side bed does not look very good. I would install steel edging then bring in fresh soil. Remove the rocks first. It is OK and actually very attractive if you build the bed up several inches taller than the edging.
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Hi again, Elizabeth.

Re: No straight lines. The front of your beds should have gentle curves. Mother nature does not do straight lines

Did you like the example picture I posted, illustrating that? :) (previous page now)

Farther down that page, I did a post describing some of the other design principles illustrated in the photo.
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rainbowgardener wrote:Sorry, I forgot to put the picture credit under it. That is not my garden, it's just a picture I found on Google images to illustrate what I was talking about it. There are pictures of my garden posted around here. If I get a chance I'll try to find a link. Applestar has given you some good suggestions, including that it has a lot more impact if you find a color scheme / theme. You could do all purples and blues with some white accents for a very cool, peaceful effect.

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https://st.houzz.com/fimgs/602100440f4ea ... dscape.jpg

If you are really disciplined, you could go for all white, with lots of white and silver foliaged stuff, for the ultimate in serene elegance.


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https://www.invectis.co.uk/sissing/wg2.jpg

Or you can do something high contrast like purples and yellows for a very dramatic, energizing effect. ETC.

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https://www.makeitandmendit.com/wp-conte ... lowers.jpg

The nice thing about landscape design is that you can't go wrong. :) It's flowers, it will be beautiful!
What are those lovely blue and yellow flowers? :-)
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It's just an image I found to illustrate color schemes, so I'm not sure. The purple-blue could be a perennial salvia which comes in colors like that:

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https://www.burpee.com/images/product/pr ... 357_lg.jpg
Salvia, Cathedral deep blue

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https://www.flowersgrowing.com/wp-conten ... a-victoria[/b]-300x300.jpg


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https://www.public.asu.edu/~camartin/pla ... salvia.jpg
blue salvia

The yellow is some kind of yellow daisy.
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