Bungalow Landscape Help Needed

AnnieM100February 18, 2014

Hi there! The pavers are in and am now tackling my landscape and could really use some help on plant suggestions! In the background I have silver sheen trees that were just planted in January. I am open to any suggestions. I really need to get separated from that green house next door and establish a separate identify for my home. What I would like to use are: double trunk pygmy palm, flax, Sega, bird of paradise. Not looking to get grass because I wanted to keep maintenance low and conserve water....any and all suggestions welcome!

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    Bookmark   February 18, 2014 at 10:45PM
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Why a DOUBLE-trunk pygmy? Unless you are using a matching pair of them to flank something, a triple-trunk (or greater) would look better -- more complete -- as a standalone plant.

You should indicate where you are located as it will make a difference. All zone 10 do not have same climate.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2014 at 11:16PM
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catkim(San Diego 10/24)

Arizona? What is the height of the box by the walk? It looks about 5 ft. tall, but that has to be the angle of the photo...

Another photo from across the street would help, also a view looking outward from the house, or from the drive -- different angles.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2014 at 12:40AM
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Hi, I will post different angles later today, when the sun comes out. I live in Carlsbad, CA - a coastal community. I was thinking of a double pygmy because I think my yard is too small for a triple to stand alone? Also got a good deal on two double ones. I would be happy to put two double ones down. The mailbox is 5 ft high. Thanks all, will post new photo angles later today.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2014 at 7:45AM
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Hi there, here a different angle from the street, hope this helps illustrate my dilemna....thanks!

    Bookmark   February 19, 2014 at 1:53PM
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Another broader view of my little bungalow...

    Bookmark   February 19, 2014 at 1:57PM
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catkim(San Diego 10/24)

If you are in Carlsbad, plant Howea forsteriana (Kentia) or Foxtails as triples. I've seen them at the orange box store for a very good price. Pygmy date palms have the most vicious spines, give them away unless you can plant them where nobody will ever get close to them.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2014 at 2:00AM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9b

I tend to agree about the Pygmy date palms and their spines! Also, they sucker! So what is 3 trunks when you buy it will be 20 trunks!

You have so many options where you are! Great climate for everything! I might put 3 dwarf citrus (2 here, and 1 there), and a few flowering plants for color. Verbena and Lantana are a couple, and then there are floribunda roses!

The citrus is edible plus it's green year round!

Good luck with your choices!!


    Bookmark   February 26, 2014 at 1:43PM
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Central_Cali369(Sunset Z9, Fresno, CA)

I agree with staying away from the Pygmy Dates, they're a pain to trim/prune as their spines can reach over 6 inches long! If you want a palm with a similar look, try a Phoenix Rupicola. They have a similar look but end up growing taller and the spines are almost non-existent.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2014 at 11:05AM
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