Semi-Circle Landscape Design Shows Flowering Love

Part of the You Can Learn Landscaping and Gardening series.
By Ken Brown
December 19, 2007
This Semi-Circle Landscape Design will thrill you with many hours of enjoyment. It has tall flowers and small flowers and will enhance a garden wall, a fence or along a sidewalk or driveway. It is easy to maintain and will work with full sun or partial sun.

This plan has a nice contrast of a tall plant, the Viburnum with smaller flowering plants in front. The green leaves background of the Viburnum will make the flowering plants look lovely. This landscape design will also allow you to hide the old fence the neighbor's wheel barrow or other unsightly views.

The design is easy to create as it is a semi-circle. You just grab a string and some landscape paint and off you go. Tie the string to a pole the walk to the other end of the string. Grab the string at the fence and keeping the string tight walk around to the other side of the pole while you spray the paint in the grass or garden. If you did this right you should have a nearly perfect semi-circle.

Use These Perennials

At the straight end of the semi-circle place 5 Viburnum.

Then as you go toward the circle top place Black eyed susans Yarrow Salvias intermixed with Astilbes.

I recommend you make a little circle with three salvias and place one Astilbe in the middle. Allow enough room for the Astilbe to grow. You should have enough room for two of these miniature arrangements.

The Astilbe is a plant with delicate feathery flowers. The astilbe prefers shade, but will grow in sunshine. They do not put up with hot, dry weather. They prefer moist shady spots in your garden. They come in a variety of colors and styles with colors of pink, red, magenta, cream and white. The astilbe will bloom in June and July. If the plant drys out in hot weather then the flowering will be over for the summer.

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. For floppy plants, cut the blooms and the stalks and flowers will come back stronger and sturdier.

Black Eyed Susans are members of the Coneflower family (Rudbeckia) and produce summer blooms in yellow with a brown button in the middle. You should plant in full sun in well drained areas. They are hardy in hot dry areas and withstand poor soil conditions like alkalinity and heavy soils. They are native American wild-flowers.

The Yarrow comes in a variety of colors, pink, yellow and lavendar. The wispy leaves require little care. The yarrow will grow best in the sun, though it can be grown in the shade. If you grow it in the shade you may need to stake the plants as they can become floppy. The common yarrow, Achillea millefolium, or A. filipendulina, will grow best in dry soils. Do not overwater. When the plants appear dry then water. Overwatering causes floppy plants and could be a source of root rot.

Viburnum is a plant that will produce green leaves early in the summer making a nice back drop for the other perennials in this collection. As the summer continues the Viburnum will produce white little berries. Then in late fall the berries turn blue to purple. In winter snow the brown leaves will finally blow off.

Recommended Flowers

Flower Quantity Interest Color
Salvia 6 Spring - Summer Dark Blue
Astilbe 2 Summer Pink
Yarrow 6 or 7 Summer - Fall Pink, Yellow and Lavendar
Black Eyed Susans 7 Summer - Fall Yellow
Viburnum 5 Summer - Fall White

This is a plot view showing the Semi-Circle Landscape design with salvia, astilbe, yarrow, black-eyed susan and viburnum .
This is a plot showing the Semi-Circle Landscape Design

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This is a plot view showing the Semi-Circle Landscape design with salvia, astilbe, yarrow, black-eyed susan and viburnum.
This is a high level view showing the Semi-Circle Landscape Design

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Have Fun with the Design

This is a very basic design that works well in most gardens and back yards. It is clean and easy to care for. It doesn't require a lot of water. You want to make sure the Astilbe gets watered regularly by hand but don't overwater the rest of the plants.

The Salvia should come up first followed by wisps of the yarrow. Soon the Blackeyed Susans greenery will show. The viburnum is rather woody the first part of the spring and summer, but everything will look nice around the 4th of July and all your summer cookouts.

I encourage you to play with this design. If you have had some of these plants and don't like them; then experiment with plants you do like. This is a basic design with loads of flexibility for you. I hpe you enjoy it and be sure and send me pictures.

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