Asked on Jul 15, 2018

Low maintenance flower bed- Have any suggestions?

Nancy TurnerPamela strickland

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We have a flower bed that is overgrown with weeds. There are perennials (irises and lilies) that we would like to incorporate into the new design. The area is raised quite a bit from the regular lawn with a 25-30 ft pine tree in the middle. We are not sure what the best/inexpensive way to make it cohesive so it can have grass and plants (low maintenance). Adjacent to it is our garage where we would like to incorporate a flowers/bushes. Have any suggestions?

3 answers
  • Pamela strickland
    on Jul 15, 2018

    It depends on where you live. I live in Myrtle Beach, SC. LANTANA is VERY low maintenance. I plant it anywhere there is sun.
  • Pamela strickland
    on Jul 15, 2018

    Continued. Lantan makes such a show and the bush spreads to about the size of a tire. The yellow variety works better than the purple variety for me. It comes back every year unless you have a really hard freeze. Lantana is very drought tolerant. I cut mine to the ground around October.


  • Nancy Turner
    on Jul 15, 2018

    Clean the weeds up, then put down Preen Weed Preventer. All it does is prevent weed seeds from germinating. It won't help if you have creeping Charlie and like because that comes from roots of the mother plant, not seed. I use it in my gardens, plant and vegetable, each spring after I clean up the beds real well, and pretty much just have to battle with the root born and tree sprouts the whole season. I do leave the clover in my veggie garden alone, as it will help my garden a lot when I till it next spring (I allow it to grow in unplanted areas, like around the edges and where there is plenty of room between plants, like the area my squash is in).

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