Corner Hot Spot Landscape Design - Perfect Backyard Garden Design

Part of the You Can Learn Landscaping and Gardening series.
By Ken Brown
December 15, 2007

Do you have a corner of your yard that gets a lot of sun? Do you see it as a dry area of your yard and you would like to place a landscape design there that can handle heat without a lot of care and watering?

Here is a plan I call the Corner Hot Spot Landscape Design. All the flowers in the plan can handle hot, dry conditions. You may need to water them infrequently, but they will provide you with a summer of beauty with minimal care. All the plants in this plan are sun loving specialists that will be happy to smile with their flowering charm.

This will work against a fenced in area of your yard, along a sidewalk or just next to your yard boundary. If the kids lose their Wiffle Ball in the flowers, these hardy specimens will survive. They offer more of a 3 season flavor. Though I will tell you how to make it a 4 season extravanganza.

For this corner garden landscape design I recommend the following flowering perennials.

Use These Perennials for Corner Lot Landscape Design

A photo of a Russian Sage to be used in the Corner Landscape Design.
Russian Sage goes into the back in this corner yard landscape design
You can plant three Russian Sage. The Russian Sage is also known by the name Perovskia. It blooms during the summer and requires full sun. It can grow from 3 to 5 feet tall. The Russian Sage is a woody plant or shrub plant. The Perovskia is growable in zones 4 through 9 and can get by with little care or attention.
A photo of a Purple Coneflower which can be used in your landscape design for a corner lot.
Coneflowers rise above in this corner landscape design.
Next, you should plant 4 Coneflowers. I suggest you choose 2 white coneflowers and two purple coneflowers. Place the white coneflowers in the back and the purple coneflowers close. Though they withstand dry summer heat, water if they begin to wilt. You can stake the flowers if they fall over. The hybrids are hearty and strong, but any fallen seeds do not come back true to the parent plant and revert back to the original parent plant.
The Salvia is an excellent choice for this corner landscape design.
The Salvia will be first spring arrival in this landscape design for garden corners
Begin the third row with the Salvia. You will want 8 of these beauties. The salvia is a plant to place in full sun and requires well drained soil. Place the salvia in borders and rock gardens as they require little care. You can keep salvias blooming longer in the summer season by deadheading them when the flowers are spent.
The fourth row is a combination row. This last row contains 3 different perennials. The reason is to add color and interest. Because this is a half of a semi-circle the last row has to cover 20 feet. It could be rather boring to put just one small flower type in that one row. You could have 15 or more plants.
The Threadleaf Coreopsis adds color to the corner lot in this landscape design for hot corners of your yard.
Yellow heads of color enhance this landscape design for corner gardens.
Start the row with 3 Threadleaf Coreopsis. The Threadleaf Coreopsis produce blooms in early to late summer. It is also known as tickweed or tickseed. The flowers of the threadleaf coreopsis are normally yellow with a light brown center. You should plant in full sun in well drained areas. They are hardy in hot dry areas and withstand poor soil conditions. They are native American wild-flowers.
A photo of Catmint to be used in the corner of your yard landscape design.
Catmint adds lavendar to your corner garden landscape design
Then plant 3 or 4 Catmint. This will add a nice lavendar color to the design. The many blue flowers each plant produces grows to a height of 12 to 15 inches. Each plant should be spaced 18 inches apart.
A photo of Shasta Daisies show off their color in the hot corner landscape design for corner lots or corner yard gardens.
Corner lot landscape design uses Shasta Daisies.
To complete the plantings add three Shasta Daisy. This is a smaller plant than a regular daisy. The Shasta Daisy produces many beautiful flowers with white petals and that distinctive bright yellow center.

It is important to remember that this design will appear very sparse when you first plant it. That first summer you are going to wonder why you planted so few plants. But, by the second summer it will fill in nicely. And the third summer you won't be able to walk in it because of the growth. The first summer you can fill in with annuals if you think it looks bare.

To create the design, pick the corner of your yard where you want to place the design. Mark the corner point. Then draw a straight line 15 feet. Then create a 90 degree angle and draw another 15 foot straight line. The next step is to connect the ends of the two 15 foot lines. I recommend you round down where the lines meet so the design has a little roundness at the top. It doesn't have to be 21'3" flat. Round it up a little to smooth out the corners.

Recommended Flowers for Corner Yard Landscape Design

Flower Quantity Interest Color
Russian Sage 3 Late Summer - Fall Purple - blue
Coneflowers 4 Summer - fall Purple and White
Salvia 9 Spring - Summer - Fall violet blue
Threadleaf Coreopsis 3 or 4 Summer - fall Yellow
Catmint 3 or 4 Spring - summer Lavendar
Shasta Daisies 3 Spring - summer White

This is a plot view showing the Corner Hot Spot Landscape design with russian sage, purple coneflowers, salvia, threadleaf coreopsis, shasta daisy and catmint.
This is a plot showing the Corner Hot Spot Landscape Design

This is a high level view showing the Corner Hot Spot Landscape design with russian sage, purple coneflowers, salvia, threadleaf coreopsis, shasta daisy and catmint.
This is a high level view of the Corner Hot Spot Landscape Design

This view would be after the plants had been in place for 5 to 7 years.

Experiment with the Design

I encourage you to experiment with the design. This is just a starting place for you. You can add some plants or remove plants as you want. I encourage you to add a bird bath between the Salvias and coneflowers. The birds will love the coneflowers at the end of the coneflower season. It is amazing to watch birds land on the seeds and the coneflowers don't fall over.

If you decide to swap out plants remember the corner lot landscape design calls for plants that don't require a lot of water. If you over water coneflowers and Russian Sage, they will get a little saggy.

This design doesn't have much spring color. You can add tulips in front of the Coreopsis, Catmint and Daisies. That will get you all excited about seeing the garden begin to bloom. Enjoy your new garden and let us know if you made any changes to the plans. Maybe some other readers will want to follow your design.

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