I asked a tree question "Which tree will go well with knockout roses?" on the trees forum and it has developed into the whole front yard issue. I'd appreciate any suggestions or advice.
These are pictures of the front yard:
The planting bed:
The planting bed, sideview:
A view from the porch:
Comments I got among many others include:
They are too closely planted to the foundation (I'll move them further out, 4' from the foundation). Extend the bed to the front of the yard. The bed is informal rather than formal. The formation of the boxwood is too formal, uninteresting, and doesn't compliment the house. Mixing out plants will be good. Get a bigger tree on the right corner at least 10' from the house, and a smaller one such as Hydrangea paniculata treeform on a spot marked with "tree 1" below.
This is the current plot map to scale (1 square=2')
And I drew this one reflecting comments (as much as I could digest):
I'd like to do this semi-DIY and more importantly really hope that I'd be able to recycle plants I already have (8 green velvet boxwood, 4 red/double knockout roses.) This was my first-time-ever-in-my-life plant purchase and I'm having hard time letting go. Including the planting costs, they were quite expensive, too. And I do like the combination of boxwood and red roses.
I think my main question is how to move and rearrange those boxwood and roses around. And the in the meantime, I'd like to choose the right trees. More broadly, I wonder what else should I plant there and how do I extend the bed. I like picking up flowers from a nursery in the spring, so I can plant annual plants every year.
This post was edited by ttonk on Thu, Feb 14, 13 at 16:04