My first time on this forum, but definitely not my last. Hubby and I are retired with a 5 year old canary as our only child. I enjoy gardening, making jewelry, reading, and just being outdoors.
After moving to North Dakota from Colorado, the last 8 years have been spent in an apartment with no good light for growing anything. In January we were forced out by the sale of the apartment building to be turned into county offices. Now we are in a leased mobile home and I can become a gardener again.
The 14 by 70 foot house runs north to south, with the front door on the east, so we get the morning sun. I want to start with a 10 foot by 2 foot border along the house. I have to keep it narrow because of physical limitations. My focus flower is the tall beared iris, which I grew successfully in Colorado. Favorite colors are blue and white. I will do zonal geraniums in pots for an 8 by 8 foot deck we are having built with handicapped steps to obtain better access to the front door .
The garden books and magazines leave me dizzy with their suggestions and variety of plants. Even the "small gardens" are larger than our entire lot. 2 feet does not leave much for a variety of heights, but it must do. And so many of the catalogues do not have much selection for our zone 3 climate.
Can anyone help with such a narrow border? I feel like I have forgotten everything I knew about borders.