Landscape Design input wanted!
Hi all! We're in the middle of a massive landscaping project and our contractor (who's doing all the hardscaping, pool, fencing, etc.) sent me a few computer renderings of the possible finished product. We are in Zone 6, Westchester County NY. Since I will be doing all the planting and maintenance myself, I would like to do a sanity check before investing a huge amount of time and $$$ into the wrong plants! Figured I'd ask the experts here to avoid mistakes.
First up: this exposure faces south/southwest and gets plenty of sun.
Here's what I'm thinking of using. *Suggestions welcome* and your experiences with these plants, good or bad, would be really helpful!
Tree: pink flowering dogwood (not Kousa because of the mess).
Light green shrubs: Little Princess Spirea
Darker green shrubs: Compact Inkberry
Daffs for the spring/possibly daylilies in that spot for summer?
In front of that, either catmint or salvia, since we have tons of deer and they'll leave them alone.
Groundcover: vinca minor. I'll need edging to keep it in bounds, yes? How far apart should I plant them in order to get nice full coverage quickly?
Second area I'd like some help with--this exposure is basically due south and gets full sun, though the wall with the chimney is actually facing east and therefore gets shade in the afternoon.
Again the tree would be a pink flowering dogwood.
The blue things I awkwardly Photoshopped would be either Endless Summer hydrangeas or Nikko Blue hydrangeas. Opinions on these? Is one better than the other in our area?
In front of the fence, he sketched in light pink flowering shrubs, but I'm leaning more toward a hedge of Double Knockout Roses. Since our house is red (but not as orange as the image makes it look) which color would work best here, the original red, or the pink?
At the corner of the house would be a Butterfly Bush/Buddleia--Nanho Purple? I have had great luck with one on the other side of the house so am thinking of just transplanting that one there.
To the far left of the image are more clumsily Photoshopped blue hydrangeas as this area is fairly shady after midday due to rooflines. I'd use catmint or salvia in front of the hedge and then vinca minor again.
As far as deer, planting unpalatable items in front of them has worked well for us, which is why catmint figures heavily in this plan for protecting both the hydrangeas and the roses. It's worked just as well as deer repellant for our herds.
Thoughts? If you hate the idea of the Dbl KO rose hedge, can you tell me why exactly and offer some alternatives? Thank you in advance!!