Asked on Jul 11, 2018

How can I fix a minimal maintenance bed in the front & sides of house?



We get full sunlight. Grass has taken it over (we just moved in). I love the look of Hostas but was told they are shade lovers.

5 answers
  • Dysko7710
    on Jul 11, 2018

    One piece of advice is when you dig the grass out to make the beds, lay down landscape fabric over all of the areas your beds are to help keep the grass and weeds from growing back. I use it everywhere now, and it really helps to keep the beds weed free and grass free longer.
  • Dfm
    on Jul 11, 2018

    some hosta can take the sun just have to ere is a hosta called francee hosta, it does well, as in i havent killed it yet

  • SM
    on Jul 11, 2018

    There are some hostas that are ok for the sun. the ligher color of the leaves means it will do well in the sun. You could also google "what kind of hostas can I plant in the sun"

  • Mid5934466
    on Jul 11, 2018

    remove grass, loosen soil, cover with landscape fabric. Buy basic, but inexpensive shrubs like azaleas (midsized when mature, spring flowering), rose of sharon (tall, summer flowering) and mix with evergreen low-growing shrubs like yew. This way you have spring and summer color and winter (green) color too. Plant the shrubs by cutting into the landscape fabric, digging hole, backfilling hole so no dirt remains on surface of fabric. Buy bags of mulch to cover the landscape fabric. Done!

    • Barbara Dimmick
      Barbara Dimmick
      on Jul 12, 2018

      Small or miniature hydrangea are lovely too—late summer and early fall blooms. i prune my rose of Sharon every fall so they doesn’t get too tall and leggy.
  • Bonnie
    on Jul 12, 2018

    The variegated varieties of hosts can take more sun...morning is best. Strong afternoon sun (as in Texas) will fry most any plants. Look for plants that say full sun in your zone to be sure you're garden will thrive.
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