Kinda Blank-slate back yard
We moved into this home two years ago and I've been working on the front gardens/trees and not it's time to move to the backyard--and I am out of ideas. We have an above ground pool smack-dab in the middle of it. A long fence down one side. A back border of Leland cypress bushes, and a side border of tall pines.
I came from northern VA with lots of trees and azaleas, I'm just not sure what to do with this canvas. I would like to add trees to the back line as the Lelands die, but I would also like to add a tree to the left of the pool to help shade the house from the all day summer sun it gets. (zone 7, middle Tennessee)
I was thinking of a garden down the long fence, but other than that I'm drawing a blank on how to incorporate some hardscape/tree/garden to that left side of the pool. The right side of the pool, we may do some raised vegetable garden beds.
Any suggestions would be helpful.