Softening corner of house: a practical answer
As it seems to be quite common for people to find the squareness of a house to be jarring I wonder if there is a simpler solution than the one provided by planting a conifer at each corner. If the answer was not a growing plant there would be no problem with it becoming overgrown or with maintenance. What if instead a wooden or metal fixture like wings was attached to the house? If you can imagine something like the structure of a bent wood chair attached to the corner would that work for you? The possible shapes are endless and a vine or something could be attached if you want,it could even be a plastic two dimensional tree. I will see if I have the time and energy to draw up and post what I mean later but what do you think?