A house owner in Florida wants to bump up the color of their house, any way they can. P. Allen Smith gives them some advice
by doing a virtual make over.
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Today, we have a house in Florida owned by Alex and wife. Alex writes, “Allen, we really want to bumped up the color anyway we can.” Alex, I’ve got a couple of suggestions for you.
Number one, the mulcher used in here looks like a shredded hardwood. It’s very blond. If you’ll go to a ground pine bar, pecan shell or even coco shells, it’s really dark; it will enrich the color of this immensely.
The other thing that I see with this house is I’d love to bring this bed all the way down to the street like you have here and even wrap it around the utilities here and here. You see, it looks like you got water meter there. If we could back this bed with a gumpo azalea that grows very low and put the gumpos on each side like this and carry them across the back, then you can see, this gives us some room to really do some planting all in here and just think about this being planted out in the winter.
You’re in Florida, so you can grow impatiens in the winter. You could fill this in during the winter with impatiens. There’s certainly many choices for the summer when you might think about are just fibrous begonias here in pink. I would take the sign here and move it to the front, right in front of these gumpos, so the sign would go here.
You mentioned that you’d like to have color and containers and the beds, so what you have here is an opportunity to place a large container here and a large container here at this end of the bed. Here, you could do agapanthus. They’d be spectacular in there with those big blue heads, give you lots of color. You could go with a lantana or even one of the oleanders.
Up here, I would add another container and for summer, what I might do is reflect, maybe put begonias in here and would reflect what you might have here, so these would echo. You could have taller plants going on here and here and then up on the porch, I see an opportunity. It looks like a very comfortable porch by the way. I see an opportunity here for a really large house plant. It could be something as simple as a ficus tree. If you want something that blooms, you could do another oleander that might reflect the colors that would be working here and here.
For this underside of your foundation planting, let’s move the hose around the corner here and then use this bed which is the foundation bed or the bed at the foundation of the house to maybe put a camellia here, you do so well with those there and maybe a camellia over here on this side to help frame it, great winter color. You might even think about filling this bed, maybe with something like a rose that doesn’t require a lot of care like a knockout rose or something like that that you don’t have to worry about spraying but have lots of blooms. I’m thinking anything in a sort of the pink range all across here for good summer color.
Here on the corner, looks like you’re getting a lot of sun; this would be a great place for one of the pink colored lantanas here on this in. Those are just a few ideas for color Alex and I hope that’s helpful to you and your wife. Good luck with your project. It’s a beautiful craftsman-style cottage. Congratulations.
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