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A Backyard for Entertaining
The yard features outdoor 'rooms' and enough space to add tables on the lawn
or hard surfaces, plus a backyard gate to bring in the tables, tents, and other
assorted gear. Everyone from teens to adults will appreciate the benches and
cozy fire pit. There is room to roll a bar out from the garage for outdoor serving,
too. Up-lighting beneath the deciduous trees will add to the romance of a party
after dark.

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G Low-growing deciduous or evergreen shrub 2'. 1 P Annual bedding plants F Medium deciduous/flowering/fruiting shrub 5-8'. Use the map as a general guide to the plant lists that might be best suited to your location. 4 B Tall. See below for more details. we suggest that you verify your plant choices with a local nursery or garden center professional. 13 J Evergreen shrub that will tolerate shade. your garden professional should be able to suggest a substitute.CO M /G A R D E N P L A N S • A B AC K YA R D F O R E N T E RTA I N I N G • 3 . W W W. 9 I Small flowering shrub 3'. B H G. 1 O Mixed perennials E Large ornamental tree 20-35'. shrubs. K Small flowering deciduous shrub 3'. 4 N Ground cover D Medium to small ornamental tree. This allows you to select trees. Because climate can vary substantially within each region. If a particular variety we list is not available in your area. 10 Plant Recommendations by Region The plants suggested below are arranged by general region of the country. 5 M Flowering deciduous or evergreen shrub 4-5'. The base plan includes general recommendations for plant types. upright evergreen 35-70'. 1 L Medium. 14 C Ornamental deciduous and flowering tree 15'. We have also included a set of suggested varieties for five regions. upright shrub 4-6'. 12 A Large shade tree with broad spread 50-70'.A Backyard for Entertaining PLANT LIST Key to Planting Plan This garden plan has been designed for maximum flexibility. 9 Note: Dimensions are approximate mature height. and other plants that are suited to your location and your personal preferences. 10 H Evergreen shrub 6-9'.

Zones 4-9 K Rosa 'Nearly Wild' (Nearly Wild Rose) 2-3'. dense. crimson fall color. true red Zones 2-7 blooms. needs pollinator such as I. and yellow flowers. globe shaped. deep green foliage turns yellow in fall. Zones 5-8 Cercis canadensis (Redbud) 20-30'. feathery habit. masses of small glossy red fruit. crimson buds open deep pink. Zones 4-7 Juniperus sabina 'Scandia' (Scandia Juniper) 12-18". copper fall color. pyramidal form.A Backyard for Entertaining PLANT LIST MIDWEST A Acer saccharum ‘Green Mountain' (Green Mountain Sugar Maple) 50-75'. dark buds open to fragrant pink. glossy green summer foliage. Zones 4-9 in spring. orange-scarlet fall G Cotoneaster horizontalis (Rockspray Cotoneaster) 2'. evergreen. 'Jim Dandy'. keep moist. upright oval. thick leaves. red. color. Zones 3-8 B Abies concolor (White Fir) 50' bluish needles and light new growth. reddish leaves. orange-red fruit. Zones 4-8 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Rhododendron x 'Orchid Lights' (Orchid Lights Azalea) 23'. Zones 3-7 H Juniperus chinensis 'Angelica Blue' (Angelica Blue Juniper) 5-6'. pink buds open white. Zones 5-8 L Syringa 'Bailbelle' (Tinkerbelle Lilac) 5'. 'Shademaster' (Honeylocust) 50-60'. I Aronia melancarpa 'Autumn Magic' (Black Chokeberry) 3-5'. Zones 3-8 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' (Bloodgood Japanese Maple) 15'. Zones 3-7 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S dark bark. Zones 4-7 J Taxus media 'Dark Green Spreader' (Spreading Yew) 3-4'. Zones 4-7 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Rhododendron 'Apricot Surprise' (Apricot Surprise Azalea) 4-5'. Zones 3-8 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Acer platanoides (Norway Maple) 50-60'. Zones 4-7 Weigela florida 'Minuet' (Minuet Weigela) 24-30". long soft needles. 8' compact and rounded. Zones 4-8 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Taxus media 'Tauntonii' (Taunton Spreading Yew) 3-4'. large fragrant tinted purple foliage. upright. pinkish-white flowers in early summer. black fruit into winter. Zones 4-7 low-growing. tubular lilac. dark shiny bark. rose-pink flowers in spring. Zones 4-7 low grower. fragrant pink blooms. mahogany winter color. upright. deep green foliage. stellata 'Royal Star' (Royal Star Magnolia) Spirea japonica 'Neon Flash' (Neon Flash Spirea) 3'. Zones 4-8 W W W. burgundy fall color. slowspreading globe. upright evergreen. Zones 4-8 rounded. Zones 4-8 Ilex verticillata 'Afterglow' (Afterglow Winterberry) 3-6'. red-purple fall color. Zones 4-8 Pinus mugo pumilio (Mugo Pine) 3-6'. bright green needles. white flowers and small red berries. small rounded tree with purple-red foliage. ever blooming. horizontal habit.petaled flowers of fuchsia to pink. dark green leaves. improved Pfitzer that has bright blue foliage. C Malus 'Prairifire' (Prairifire Crab) 15-20'. 12. small Rhus aromatica 'Gro-Low' (Dwarf Fragrant Sumac) 24-30". Zones 4-7 E Malus 'Robinson' (Robinson Crab) 25'. Zones 4-8 white flowers in early summer. dark green shiny leaves. with dark green feathery foliage. maroon fruit. Zones 4-7 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Magnolia kobus x Loebneri 'Leonard Messel' (Leonard Messel Magnolia) 15-20'. heart-shaped leaves have yellow fall color. double white fragrant flowers in spring.CO M /G A R D E N P L A N S • A B AC K YA R D F O R E N T E RTA I N I N G • 4 . fall may be yellow-green to purple-bronze. soft lilac flowers. red flowers all season. double white flowers in spring. Zones 2-6 Rhododendron 'PJM' (PJM Rhododendron) 4'. well branched and rounded. lowgrowing and spreading. fragrant yellow flowers. hardy to -45 degrees F. cream flowers in April. yellow fall color. greenF Philadelphus 'Natchez' (Mockorange) 6'. red hairy fruit. new growth has purple tinge. Zones 4-7 Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima' (Red Chokeberry) 6-9'. Zones 4-7 Prunus nigra 'Princess Kay' 15'. Zones 5-8 Malus 'Jewelberry' (Jewelberry Crab) 10' dwarf rounded crab. Zones 4-7 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Crataegus crusgalli var. white flowers followed by long-lasting red fruit. Zones 5-8 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Viburnum lantana 'Mohican' (Mohican Viburnum) 6'. orange fruit. B H G. red berries into winter. pinkish flowers D Magnolia k. white flowers in spring. Zones 4-7 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Pinus strobus (White Pine) 50-80'. vase shape. dark red persistent fruit. dark pink buds open to fragrant white. Zones 3-7 Viburnum x juddii (Judd Viburnum) 6-8'. light green foliage. dwarf form. pink-yellow bud opens to single golden orange. upright. purple fall color. roundheaded tree. inermis (Thornless Cockspur Hawthorne) 15-20'. thornless and fruitless. dense dark green evergreen. mint-green foliage with arching branches. dark green leaves. scarlet fall color. Zones 3-8 Tsuga Canadensis (Canadian Hemlock) 35-50'. Zones 4-7 Gleditsia tri. Zones 4-8 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Juniperus chinensis 'Sea Green' (Sea Green Juniper) 4-6'.

arching habit. Zones 2-7 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Juniperus chinensis 'Pfitzeriana Aurea' (Goldtip Juniper) Acer palmatum dissectum 'Contorta' (Contorted Japanese Maple) 8'.A Backyard for Entertaining PLANT LIST MIDWEST CONTINUED M Taxus media 'Dark Green Spreader' (Spreading Yew) 3-4'. B H G. large 12" rounded. upright spreading. scaly bark. Zones 4-8 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Malus 'Profusion' (Profusion Crab) 20'. narrow dark green white flowers all summer. evergreen leaves. slow growers with narrow conical shape.yellow and take on more yellow green in winter. white flower clusters. Zones 4-5 brown cones. blue-green foliage. creamy white bell-shaped flowers. brilliant red. white flowers. dense. low growing. bright red (toxic) berries. prolific white flowers. Zones 4-8 C Malus 'Doubloons' (Doubloons Crab) 18'. Zones 3-8 Hosta 'Lancifolia' (Lanceleaf Hosta) 12-24". large A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Lamium maculatum (Spotted Dead Nettle) 8-12". shiny dark green foliage. loved by birds. spreading habit. deep purple-red 5'. silver leaves with green edges. iris. Zones 6-9 oval to rounded. multiple dark green leaves. dark green. large flower panicles take on a pink tint as they mature. pyramidal to rounded. Zones 5-7 B Abies lasiocarpa (Balsam Fir) 80'. glossy Prunus emarginata (Bitter Cherry) 20-50'. Zones 5-8 Acer palmatum dissectum 'Crimson Queen' (Crimson Queen Japanese Maple) 6-8'. Zones 5-8 as an understory species in the wild. coreopsis. Zones 5-8 leaves. red fruit. weeping form. upright spreading. yellow. persistent maroon fruit. Zones 3-8 bronze-tinged foliage. 'Annabelle' (Annabelle Hydrangea) 4'. rose-red flowers. and orange fall color. red fruit. Zones 5-7(8) reddish brown bark. Zones 5-9 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Viburnum x burkwoodii (Burkwood Viburnum) 6'. Zones 4-8 leaves. prefers moist conditions. blue foliage with purple tips in winter. Zones 4-9 NORTHWEST A Quercus kelloggii (California Black Oak) 30-75'. and sedum N Vinca minor (Periwinkle) 6". double white flowers. Zones 4-7 leaves. beautiful wood. Zones 5-8 W W W. pink flowers. lavender flowers on 24" stalk in late summer. dark green Abies procera (Noble Fir) 100'. Zones 4-8 O Mixed perennials including aster. small evergreen usually found to arching. dense dark green evergreen. A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Magnolia x loebneri 'Merrill' (Merrill Magnolia) 25' A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Acer macrophyllum (Big-Leaf Maple) can reach 100'. red fruit. Zones 4-8 foliage.CO M /G A R D E N P L A N S • A B AC K YA R D F O R E N T E RTA I N I N G • 5 . pink flowers. irregular trunk and a majestic canopy. fragrant foliage. pink or white flowers. yellow-green fall color. Zones 3-8 Azalea mollis (Azalea Mollis) 5'. dark purple- glossy leaves. Zones 5-10 H Physocarpus capitatus (Pacific Ninebark) to 12'. rounded Taxus brevifolia (Pacific Yew) 50'. Zones 6-9 Oxydendrum arboreum (Sourwood) 20'. bright gold and yellow fall color. green foliage are tinged gold. yellow hint to needles. Zones 6-10 G Juniperus chinensis sargentii (Sargent Juniper) 18-24". vivid fall color. creamy white and green foliage. A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Juniperus horizontalis 'Blue Chip' (Blue Chip Juniper) 12". Zones 2-9 F Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snow Queen' (Snow Queen Hydrangea) 6'. bright blue P Annuals of choice flowers in spring. persistent yellow fruit. Zones 4-7 Cotoneaster dammeri 'Coral Beauty' (Coral Beauty Cotoneaster) 12". maple-like D Malus 'Royal Fountain' ('Huber') (Royal Fountain Crab) 10'. broad and upright. Zones 5-10 Weigela 'Pink Princess' (Pink Princess Weigela) 6'. deep green foliage. scarlet fall color. geranium. weeping form. flowers profusely in spring and early summer. large lobed leaves turn purple in fall. Zones 5-8 E Acer negundo 'Variegatum' (Variegated Box Elder) 25'. Umbellularia californica (Oregon Myrtle) 60-100'. small white flowers. Zones 5-8 stems. Zones 4-8 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Hydrangea a. Zones 4-8 Juniperus chinensis 'Sea Green' (Sea Green Juniper) 4-5'. large white flowers. green leaves. weeping mounded. large leaves. echinacea.

Zones 4-8 M Hydrangea macrophylla 'Pink Beauty' (Pink Beauty Hydrangea) 4-5'. Zones 3-9 shape. yellow to red fall color. Zones 3-7 O Mixed perennials include aster. Zones 4-8 L Aronia melanocarpa elata (Glossy Black Chokeberry) 46'. rose-pink and white flowers in June and July. Zones 4-9 Spirea japonica 'Shibori' (Shibori Spirea) 2'. red A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Acer rubrum 'Northwood' (Northwood Maple) 40'. inermis (Thornless Cockspur Hawthorne) 25'. upright.A Backyard for Entertaining PLANT LIST NORTHWEST CONTINUED I Physocarpus opulifolius 'Nanus' (Dwarf Ninebark) 3'. rounded. Zones 4-7 Amelanchier x grandiflora 'Autumn Brilliance' (Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry) 20'. yellow flowers in early spring. dark green evergreen. bright red fruit. Zones 5-8 W W W. Zones 3-8 Zones 4-7 Chionanthus virginicus (Fringe Tree) 18'. yellow fall color. upright to oval rounded. Zones 4-9 rounded. bright green fragrant cream flowers. Zones 4-7 medium to dark green foliage with reddish fall color. Zones 2-7 Spirea x bumalda 'Gold Flame' (Goldflame Spirea) 3'. mixed pink and white flowers. Zones 4-9 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Vinca minor (Periwinkle) 6". large deep spring. white flowers in May. rose-pink flowers in spring. clusters of white flowers. large globes of white blooms all summer. and spring bulbs P Annuals of choice NORTHEAST A Acer saccharum (Sugar Maple) 45'. upright. B H G. red persistent fruit. Zones 4-7 D Malus 'Jewelcole' (Red Jewel Crabapple) 15'. Zones 4-9 rose-pink flowers all season. and scarlet fall color. red fall color. green A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Taxus x media 'Henryi' (Gem Yew) 4-6'. yellow-red fall color. Zones 3-7 fragrant flowers in early summer. dark stems. oval shape. fall color is yellow or yellow green. bright A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Abies concolor (White Fir) 50'. white flowers in spring. A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S rounded. pink sterile florets in large globe heads. red Spirea japonica 'Shibori' (Shibori Spirea) 2-3'. small and Tsuga canadensis (Canadian Hemlock) 35-70'. light 3-4'. white flowers. ascending branches. hemerocallis. dense symmetrical tree. Zones 4-9 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S N Pachysandra terminalis 'Green Carpet' (Spurge) 6-8". oval- E Cercis canadensis (Eastern Redbud) 25'. Zones 2-7 Amelanchier alnifolia 'Regent' (Regent Serviceberry) 4-6'. gray. dark green glossy foliage. shiny green leaves. upright. heart-shaped leaves turn yellow in fall. Zones 3-7 B Pseudotsuga menzies (Douglas Fir) 40-80'. mounded. blue-green A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S foliage.CO M /G A R D E N P L A N S • A B AC K YA R D F O R E N T E RTA I N I N G • 6 . fruit. aquilegia. prune after blooming. maroon fruit. new foliage is tinted pink. mounded and green foliage. Zones 4-8 Hydrangea arborescens 'Grandiflora' (Snowhill Hydrangea) 4-5'. heuchera. fuchsia. A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S white flowers. light crimson flowers. deep green evergreen. Zones 4-9 K Rosa 'Meicoublan' (White Meidiland Rose PP6088) 24". Zones 4-9 Athyrium niponicum (Japanese Painted Fern) 12-18". Ilex verticillata 'Afterglow' (Afterglow Winterberry) 3-6'. black fruit into winter. dark green and fluffy summer foliage. rose-red flowers. Zones 5-9 fast-growing evergreen. red. double white blooms all summer. Zones 4-9 lacy foliage. Zones 6-8 J Taxus x media 'Dark Green Spreader' (Spreading Yew) A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S 3-4'. purplish foliage. Zones 3-8 Malus 'Purple Prince' (Purple Prince Crabapple PP8478) Tilia cordata (Littleleaf Linden) 60-70'. Zones 4-8 Taxus x media 'Dark Green Spreader' (Spreading Yew) Buxus microphylla 'Winter Green' (Boxwood) 3-4'. Zones 4-8 green. sweet purple fruit. broadly rounded. rounded. pyramidal form. Zones 4-7 C Cornus mas (Cornelian Cherry Dogwood) 20-25'. Zones 3-5 Crataegus crusgalli var. becoming yellow-green later. rounded. adenophora. Zones 4-8 large orange-red fruit. A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S medium green with orange. blue flowers in Rosa 'Chuckles' (Chuckles Hardy Shrub Rose) 24". 20'. white flowers. white clusters of flowers. red fall color. dark green evergreen. needs dwarf early male pollinator. soft blue needles. small leaves.

dark Philadelphus x virginalis 'Minnesota Dwarf Snowflake' (Dwarf Snowflake Mockorange) 2-3' compact dwarf. upright rounded. Zones 4-8 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S F Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima' (Red Chokeberry) 69' upright. white clusters of flowers. Zones 4-8 J Taxus cuspidate (Japanese Spreading Yew) 4-6'. bushy habit. Zones 3-8 G Juniperus horizontalis 'Hughes' (Hughes Juniper) 18". Zones 4-7 Spirea nipponica 'Halwards Silver' (Halward's Silver Spirea) 2-3'. Zones 4-8 Weigela florida 'Alexandra' (Wine & Roses Weigela) 6'. shiny green leaves. low growing. bright red fruit into winter . Zones 5-9 picturesque form. double white flowers all summer. foliage turns mahogany in winter. hosta. Zones 4-6 bloomer. Zones 4-8 Lamium maculatum 'Beacon Silver' (Spotted Dead Nettle) 8-12" silver leaves. silver and green foliage. Zones I Deutzia gracilis (Slender Deutzia) 2-4'. B H G. Zones 4-8 H Juniperus chinensis 'Maneyi' (Maney Juniper) 4-5'. oblong evergreen leaves. rudbeckia. dark green. foliage is edged in cream. semi- A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S erect and bushy. Betula pendula 'Youngii' (Young's Weeping Birch) 15'. thorny. white flowers in spring. golden fall color. prolific green leaves. very fragrant white flowers in early summer. Zones 3-8 Vinca minor (Periwinkle) 6". Zones 4-8 W W W. purple foliage. red fruit into winter. coreopsis. Zones 4-8 Cotoneaster salicifolius (Willowleaf Cotoneaster) 10'. dark green feathery foliage. 'Annabelle' (Annabelle Hydrangea) 4'. orange-red fruit . blue flowers in spring. Zones 4-8 Cotoneaster apiculatus (Cranberry Cotoneaster) 2-3'. Zones 4-9 O Mixed perennials including aster. dark green. Zones 6-7 Ilex cornuta (Chinese Holly) 8'.A Backyard for Entertaining PLANT LIST NORTHEAST CONTINUED A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Pyracantha coccinea (Scarlet Firethorn) 6' semi evergreen. dark green foliage. small white flowers. rose-pink flowers. Zones 7-9 N Lamiastrum galeobdolon 'Herman's Pride' (Yellow Archangel) 12" yellow flowers in spring. Zones 5-9 L Taxus media 'Hicksii' (Hicks Yew) 5-10' upright and narrow. A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S upright. small gray-white fruit. Zones 3-8 M Taxus cuspidate (Japanese Spreading Yew) 4-6'. pink flowers in early summer. pink-lavender blooms in springs. and veronica P Annuals of choice A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Taxus media 'Densiformis' (Dense Spreading Yew) 3-5'. red fruit. semi-evergreen. yellow flowers. A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S silvery blue. rich green foliage. white flowers. scarlet fruit. red fall color. pink flowers. dark green leaves. red fruit through winter. Zones 5-7 Myrica pensylvanica (Bayberry) 5-12'.CO M /G A R D E N P L A N S • A B AC K YA R D F O R E N T E RTA I N I N G • 7 . racemes of white 3-8 flowers in late spring. large A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S white flowers all summer. Zones 2-6 Prunus virginiana 'Canada Red' (Canada Red Cherry) 25'. low growing. Zones 4-8 Hydrangea a. Zones 5-8 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Daphne x burkwoodii 'Carol Mackie' (Daphne) 2-3'. deep green leaves. white flowers. Zones 4-8 Viburnum trilobum 'Alfredo' (Alfredo American Cranberrybush) 5'. Rhododendron 'PJM' (PJM Rhododendron) 4-5'. dark green bushy foliage. dark green summer foliage. rounded and open. white flowers in flat clusters. white flowers. Zones 4-8 red fruit. red fall color. Zones 4-8 Spirea albiflora (Japanese White Spirea) 2'. fragrant pink flowers. red-yellow fall color. Zones 4-8 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Lindera benzoin (Spicebush) 6-12'. bushy and dense. white flowers. geranium. dense mounded shrub. bluish cast. purple foliage. Zones 4-8 Juniperus sabina 'Scandia' (Scandia Juniper) 12-18". Zones 2-6 K Rosa 'Meicoublan' (White Meidiland Rose PP6088) 24".

Zones 5-7 E Koelreutiria bipinnata (Chinese Flametree) 20'. rich green summer color. fragrant lilac flowers. brilliant fall color. Low mounded. Zones 4-8 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Juniperus deppeana (Alligator Juniper) 60'. graceful. Zones 4-7 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Syringa rothomagensis (Chinese Lilac) 8-10'. Zones 5-9 Rhus triloba (Skunkbush) 3-6'. upright and oval. gray bark. Zones 5-8 Shepherdia argentina (Silver Buffaloberry) 10-15'. Zones 4-8 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S C Cercis occidentalis (Western Redbud) 16-20'. Zones 4-9 L Anisacanthus thurberi (Desert Honeysuckle) 3-5'. broad green leaves. white or purple flowers July through September. dark green foliage. persistent capsule seeds. greenish flowers. red-brown. dark red fruit. Zones 7-9 Chilopsis linearis (Desert Willow) 15-25'. thick foliage. red nutlets through winter. Zones 7-9 Ulmus parvifolia (Chinese Elm) 50'. low evergreen shrub. Zones 4-7 Amorpha fruticosa (False Indigo) 4-10'. fragrant Rhus aromatica 'Gro-Low' (Dwarf Fragrant Sumac) 2'. spreading. Zones 6-8 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Hibiscus syriacus (Rose of Sharon) 8-12' upright. white flowers. Zones 7-9 D Hibiscus syriacus (Rose of Sharon) 8-12'. Zones 5-8 Pyracantha koidzumii (Firethorn) 8'. upright. gray-green foliage. feathery texture. or purple flowers July-September. upright and arching. fine-textured foliage F Cotoneaster divaricatus (Spreading Cotoneaster) 5-6'. red fruit into winter. Zones 4-7 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Cotoneaster apiculatus (Cranberry Cotoneaster) 3'. mottled pink. treat as ruffled white flowers in early summer. pink flowers in spring. white or pinkish flowers. pink flowers. slender recurving branches. olive bark. purple blue flowers. Zones 5-10 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Kolkwitzia amabilis (Beautybush) 6-10'. fine Juniperus chinensis 'Sea Green' (Sea Green Juniper) 4-6'. yellow flowers and fruit. red fuzzy fruit. pod fruit. deep pink Yucca glauca (Soapweed) 3'. dark green evergreen. Zones 7-9 pendulous pinkish flowers. pure white and very fragrant flowers. fragrant creamy white flowers.A Backyard for Entertaining PLANT LIST SOUTHWEST A Catalpa speciosa (Western Catalpa) 40'.CO M /G A R D E N P L A N S • A B AC K YA R D F O R E N T E RTA I N I N G • 8 . Zones 8-9 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Euonymus kiautschovica (Manhattan Euonymus) 6'. Zones 6-8 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Zones 5-9 Juniperus chinensis 'Pfitzeriana' (Pfitzer Juniper) 5'. blue-purple flowers. A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Zones 4-6 Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (Kinnikinnick. red fall color. yellow cones. Zones 3-6 W W W. H Cotoneaster lacteus (Parney Cotoneaster) 6-8'. Zones 4-8 I Rosa woodsii (Woods' Rose) 4' native. oblong leaves. evergreen scales. pink flowers. Zones (6)7-9 green foliage. Zones 8-10 K Berberis thunbergii 'Rose Glow' (Rose Glow Barberry) 4'. Zones 4-8 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Cercis reniformis (Texas Redbud) 18'. dark green leaves. treat as shrub or perennial. cream to purple foliage. rich blue color. multistemmed. pink fruit capsule. 4' stem with flowers in spring. yellow flowers. fragrant pink flowers. large red. Zones 3-8 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Vitex negundo (Chastetree) 20'. dark green leaves. pink fruit. Zones 6-8 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Cupressus arizonica (Arizona Cypress) 40-50'. silvery gray foliage. purple fall color. Zones (5)6-8 Albizia julibrissin (Mimosa Silk Tree) 20-35'. Salvia greggii (Cherry Sage) to 3'. Zones 6-10 arching dark green foliage. reddish spiked flowers. orange fruit. Zones 4-8(9) M Philadelphus microphyllus (Littleleaf Mockorange) 3-4'. pure white and very fragrant flowers. Zones 5-10 Lonicera fragrantissima (Winter Honeysuckle) 5'. B H G. dark red fruit. bronze fall color. Zones 2-6 Philadelphus microphyllus (Littleleaf Mockorange) 3-4'. Bearberry) 6-24". Zones 6-9 bright blue flowers in late summer. large white. rose flowers. ovate foliage. red. red-purple flowers. narrow G Caryopteris x clandonensis (Blue-Mist) 2'. semi-evergreen. dark green leaves. bright B Cupressocyparis leylandii (Leyland Cypress) 60'. Zones 6-9 J Raphiolepis indica (India Hawthorne) 3'. upright form. pink summer flowers. small dark green leaves. glossy evergreen foliage. leaves are yellow in fall. brilliant blue foliage. shaggy bark. rounded. Zones 6-8 fragrant yellow flowers. pod fruit. Zones 4-7 perennial or shrub. Zones 5-9 Juniperus scopulorum 'Wichita Blue' (Rocky Mountain Juniper) 18'. Zones 6-9 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Fendlera rupicola (False Mockorange) 6'.

refined evergreen shrub. Zones 5-8 G Abelia x grandiflora 'Prostrata' (Dwarf Glossy Abelia) 18-24". fragrant cream to white flowers. Johnswort) 3'. Zones 6-9 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Potentilla tabernaemontani (P. soft lilac flowers. Zones 5-9 F Cyrilla racemiflora (Leatherwood) 8-12'. lustrous deep green leaves. bright yellow May- ground cover. verna) (Spring Cinquefoil) 9-12". extremely fragrant white flowers. pyramidal with pendulous branches. Zones 4-8 Loropetalum chinense (Loropetalum) 6-10'. mat-forming. early spring flowers are yellow. perfect green-yellow flowers resemble tulips. sedum. Zones 5-7 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Euonymus japonicus 'Microphyllus' (Dwarf Japanese Euonymus) 1-3'. orange red fruit. dark green leaves turn yellow in fall. sage green to blue-green foliage. cone-like samaras into winter. rounded top.A Backyard for Entertaining PLANT LIST SOUTHWEST CONTINUED N Mahonia repens (Creeping Grape Holly) 1'. yellow flowers in spring. Zones 7-8(9) A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Juniperus virginiana (Eastern Red Cedar) 40-50'. B H G. white flat topped flowers. yellow fall color. fragrant white flowers in fall. shiny green leaves take on a purplish color in winter. red fruit. Zones 5-8 Prunus caroliniana (Carolina Cherry Laurel) 20'. semi-evergreen. dwarf. Zones (6)7-9 Danae racemosa (Alexandrian Laurel) 2-4'. evergreen Cytisus decumbens (Prostrate Broom) 4-12". red fruit. evergreen. verbena. Zones 5-8 Osmanthus x fortunei (Fortune Tea Olive) 15'. pod fruit. Zones 4-8 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Carpinus caroliniana (Ironwood) 20-30'. black fruit. golden needles. evergreen. semievergreen. deciduous. Zones 7b-9 H Juniperus chinensis 'Blaauw Golden' (Golden Blaauw Juniper) 4-6' vase shaped. dense upright D Hamamelis virginiana (Common Witchhazel) 10-20'. Zones 7-10 compact. Zones 8-9 Koelreuteria paniculata (Golden Raintree) 30-40'. Zones 5-7(8) Viburnum dilatatum 'Erie' (Erie Viburnum) 6'. Zones 4-8 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Ligustrum japonicum (Japanese Privet) 6-12'. white pendulous flowers. Zones 3b-9 W W W. Zones 4-9 Quercus acutissima (Sawtooth Oak) 40-60'. Zones 4-8 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Liriodendron tulipifera (Tuliptree) 70-90'. soft green turning rich orange in fall. Zones 6-7 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Rhododendron x 'Orchid Lights' (Orchid Lights Azalea) 23'. Spirea japonica 'Norman' (Norman Spirea) 2'. Zones 7-10 gray underneath. dark green in summer. rounded and B Cedrus deodara (Deodar Cedar) 40-70'. yellow flowers. panicles of yellow flowers in July. dark green leaves. light green foliage. dark green foliage most of the year. Zones 7-9 I Hypericum patulum (Goldencup St. white or pink flowers. Zones 4-9 E Acer truncatum (Purpleblow Maple) 25-30'. bright green foliage. bright green foliage is soft yellow in fall. Zones 3-9 Taxodium distichum (Bald Cypress) 50'. light blue or gray-green foliage.CO M /G A R D E N P L A N S • A B AC K YA R D F O R E N T E RTA I N I N G • 9 . Zones 4b-8 foliage. rounded form. reddish 1 1/2" fruit. Zones 6-9 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Deutzia scabra (Fuzzy Deutzia) 6-10'. black fruit. capsuled fruit. evergreen resembling holly. Zones 4-11 C Davidia involucrata (Dove Tree) 20'. dull green foliage. and primrose P Annuals of choice SOUTHEAST A Cladrastis kentukea (American Yellowwood) 40-55'. Zones (4)5-7 June. dark green foliage. oblong leaves. fragrant creamy white blossoms. rounded leaves are A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Lindera benzoin (Spicebush) 6-12'. acorn fruit. purplish leaves mature bright green then yellow in fall. fragrant white. Zones 6-7(8) A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Cornus mas (Cornelian Dogwood) 20'. fragrant white flowers. Zones 7-10 fragrant yellow flowers in October or December. white-tinged pink blossoms. rose-pink flowers. golden yellow flowers. mint green purple leaves. Zones 5-8 O Mixed perennials including lavendula.

recurrent bloomer. white flowers tinged pink. pink or bluish flowers depending on soil pH. dark green Hydrangea quercifolia (Oakleaf Hydrangea) 4-6'. nepeta. white panicles spring. Zones 8-10 K Rosa 'Betty Prior' (Betty Prior Shrub Rose) 3'. Zones 4-7 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S N Euonymus fortunei (Wintercreeper) 6-12" evergreen ground cover. Zones 5-8 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Calycanthus floridus (Sweetshrub) 6-9'. single small pink flowers. whitish pink fragrant flowers. reddish brown. Zones 4-9 Vinca minor (Periwinkle) 3-6". B H G. A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S black fruit. Zones 5-9 A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S A LT E R N AT E P L A N T S Taxus cuspidate (Japanese Spreading Yew) 4-6'. dark green foliage. showy flowers of white or yellow. Spirea nipponica 'Halwards Silver' (Halwards Silver Spirea) 2-3'. white flowers. red-yellow fall color. dark green leaves with gray undersides.CO M /G A R D E N P L A N S • A B AC K YA R D F O R E N T E RTA I N I N G • 10 . Zones 5-7 Pachysandra procumbens (Allegheny Pachysandra) 6-10". Zones 4-9 in summer. spreading habit. dark green foliage. blue flowers in L Aesculus parviflora (Bottlebrush Buckeye) 8'. Zones 5-9 Viburnum suspensum (Sandankwa Viburnum) 6'. panicles of foliage.A Backyard for Entertaining PLANT LIST SOUTHEAST CONTINUED J Rhododendron carolinianum (Carolina Rhododendron) M Hydrangea macrophylla (Bigleaf Hydrangea) 3-6'. and phlox P Annuals of choice flowers in late summer. Zones (8)9-10 Jasminum floridum (Flowering Jasmine) 3-5'. white. Zones 5-9 Clethra alnifolia (Summersweet) 4-6'. iris. coreopsis. Zones 5-8 foliage. fragrant stems when bruised. leaves turn mahogany in fall. yellow flowers. black fruit. slender arching stems. Zones 4-10 Ilex crenata 'Compacta' (Dwarf Japanese Box Holly) 3'. fragrant white or pink O Perennials that may include Shasta daisy. Zones 4-9 W W W. Zones 4-8 flat bluish green sometimes mottled foliage. maroon flowers. showy 3-6'. Zones 4-8 white changing to pink to brown flowers. dark blue-green foliage. evergreen.

take the time to review all garden plan materials. a 6. Backfill with garden soil. If you need to prune trees or shrubs to maintain their shape or size. or even 8 to 12 inches if you can. If the clump doesn't break up easily. wet it thoroughly with a hose. peat moss. loosen the soil slightly around the roots. consider using a heavy-duty garden tiller to grind the sod into the underlying soil. Mulching. then place the tree into the planting hole. you can improve your soil by mixing in organic matter like compost or peat moss. supplementing dry periods with deep watering. W W W. • Is my soil's pH and fertility okay? Check at your local garden store for a soil test kit. partial shade. Don't mix in fertilizer unless your soil test shows a need. The exception to this general rule is spring-flowering shrubs like lilacs that should be pruned immediately after flowering. dig along the marked line to set the edge of your bed. tamping firmly to ensure a contact between soil and roots. then squeeze a clump in your hand. This will allow some weed seeds to germinate. the soil may be too clay. If you have lawn around your bed. When you are satisfied with the layout. • Perennials and Annuals. but may not offer the character you prefer. Once the sod is removed. Dig a hole that is slightly larger than the pot or root ball and deep enough so the top of the root ball or pot is slightly higher than the surrounding soil. The top of the root ball should be slightly above the surrounding soil level. consider also including a mowing strip. stone. tamp firmly to make good contact between roots and soil. do it in late winter before growth has started. (In many cases. then use the shovel to cut the lawn into strips that are the width of the shovel and about three feet long. moist (but not soaked) soil is generally best. When the tree is in place and straight. Most plants will thrive with only minimal care. • Shrubs. wait 24 hours. When you're satisfied with the arrangement. sprinkle flour along the hose for a more temporary mark. A good guideline is to water thoroughly every other day for the first two weeks. then twice weekly for the remainder of the first season. If you choose to use chemicals to kill the weeds. Make a shallow collar of soil around the hole to catch water and hold it near the root zone. you have a couple of options. Water immediately by slowly running a hose at the shrub's base for about 20 minutes. In general. the alternative plants list includes varieties that will grow in other zones.CO M /G A R D E N P L A N S . You should also be diligent about weeding your bed during the first year. but breaks up easily when you poke it with your finger. To test your soil. Use the tags that come with the plants to ensure that the spacing is correct. Creating the Bed. or inquire about testing at a local county extension service office. Water the tree thoroughly by letting a hose run slowly for 30 minutes. • Does my yard offer the right conditions? Check the plant list carefully to see whether the plan will do best in full sun. For smaller areas. The first season of growth is the most critical for your garden. keep them in their pots and set them out on the planting bed. or rotted manure) and loosen the soil at least 6 inches deep. To make this easier. Ask yourself the following questions: • Do I have a suitable location for this plan? The layout diagram shows the dimensions for the plan as designed. (Or. Follow the recommendations that come with your test results if you need to correct the soil's pH (how acid or alkaline the soil is) or fertility. Now comes the fun part! If you have all of your plants on hand. This will give you a preview of how the bed will look and allow you to make adjustments. in general. Don't worry that the bed looks sparse. or brick -. If the soil forms a ball that holds together. use a garden hose to mark the edges. Firm the soil around each plant with your hands. Planting.) • Does my soil need improvement? Most plants will survive in a variety of soil conditions. cool the roots of plants. This has the twin benefits of adding organic matter to the soil and eliminating the need to discard or compost sod. cutting away as much of the burlap as possible. Edging. If the garden location is currently covered with lawn. Organic mulches like shredded bark will require periodic additions as the mulch decays. be sure to use this opportunity to mix in organic matter (such as compost. Mulches like crushed stone are more permanent. there will be fewer opportunities for weeds to gain a foothold. then water.D E S I G N E D G A R D E N Before You Begin. or full shade. As you place each plant. you can loosen the underlying soil with a shovel or a power tiller. Plant shrubs in a hole that's about twice the diameter of the root ball. water it thoroughly and wait a week. Set these plants in soil at the same level they were growing in the pot. you can let nature take its course. fill the hole one-third with soil. Also make sure that the plants are suited to your USDA Growing Zone. Each plant type does best with a specific planting method: • Trees. wet the area thoroughly. Apply a general fertilizer according to package directions in the spring after growth has started. perennials. After your bed is prepared.whatever you prefer. it's a good idea to add mulch to conserve moisture. it is probably too sandy. and protect the soil from washing away in the rain. In either case. As the plants mature and fill in. the young plants need room to grow. Choose plastic.I N S TA L L I N G YO U R P R E . A thick layer of mulch will also help keep weeds in check. Most beds are easier to maintain if they have an edging that keeps surrounding grass or vegetation from invading. follow the instructions to the letter. you can strip the sod using a straight-edged shovel. and finally annuals). To lay out your bed. then water thoroughly. plant your garden from largest to smallest container (usually trees first. metal. Before you head to the nursery or lift a spade. including the time to wait after application before planting. If the soil won't hold its shape when squeezed. then shrubs. use striping paint (available at many home centers) to mark the outline. Aftercare. your soil is ideal. but well-drained. B H G. For potted trees. The following year. Preparation is the key to creating a garden that will offer a lifetime of pleasure. you can enlarge or reduce the size of the garden by adding or eliminating plants. remove the tree from the pot. Regardless of how you are preparing your bed.) Use the shovel to pry up and roll back the strips of sod. although the character of the garden may change if you alter the size dramatically.).to 12-inch-wide swath of masonry or stone set even with the surrounding soil. Remove these seedlings or dig them back into the soil. excessive amounts of fertilizer will do more harm than good. loosen the burlap after the tree is in the hole. Ongoing Maintenance. For balled-and-burlapped trees. (Expert tip: Sharpen the edge of the shovel frequently with a file. Repeat twice more until the hole is filled. Using a sharp spade. For larger areas covered by lawn.

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