Advice on gradual planting of large perennial beds


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Hello. I'm very excited to plant a new perennial garden at a newly built house beginning early summer, Zone 6b. I've planned for several LARGE garden beds along the front walkway. A landscaper will place some boulders and plant the trees and large shrubs leaving the rest of the space for me to fill in with perennials. Here's my dilemma: I would like to plant out these beds gradually over the summer and fall. So rather than have topsoil showing, would you cover the unplanted beds with mulch (raking back gradually as the bed is planted) or is there another way or material (like astroturf?) to make the beds look less unfinished for months?
 
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Hi and welcome.

Don't be in to much of a rush. Concentrate on the bit of the garden that you can see from your lounge window and do the rest gradually.
Make sure you get the "right" plant for each position, not what's available. I wouldn't worry about temporary gaps. No point spending money unnecessarily. You're right to start with a plan, but this may change over the coming months.

We have smaller gardens in the UK. Our front garden is tiny, we just have an azalea/rhododendron/viburnum "hedge" and a large tree.

But all these took years to grow.

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We don't have "yards" so the back garden is usually the one that usually gets the attention.

Few people ever see ours which doesn't bother us and there were quite a few gaps for several years. But I had a long term plan and worked my way down the garden.

The bottom half of this garden was vegetable patch with a greenhouse, that didn't go for quite a few years, although getting rid of it was part of the long-term plan.

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You may want to plant a few annuals. I use the taller Snapdragons. Sometimes they grow back for a second year.
 
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Yes, I will definitely plant some annuals, but likely as a filler once the perennials are installed.
I think that I have solved my own problem after much thought: I'm thinking about using compost as a temporary mulch. It looks mulch-like, provides some additional nutrients for the new beds over the course of the next season, and makes it easy for me to install new plants and bulbs. Now I just have to figure out if it will be hugely expensive! Thanks to all!
 

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