Newbie-Landscaping for New Construction
I have been reading the forums for some time but have just joined recently and this is my first post.
We are building a new construction home that will be finished in about two weeks. The builder will be sodding the front yard, seeding the back and providing minimally landscaped front flower beds. They took all the trees out of the front of the lot unfortunately and I would like to plant a couple of flowering trees asap once we move. I have been thinking Crape Myrtles or Cherry Blossoms perhaps? Also we have a utility pole sticking out just next to the driveway that is an eyesore as well as an electrical box on the property line, I'd like to do some plantings to not so much cover them as distract attention from them. Any suggestions? I was thinking hydrangeas or peonies...I like cottage gardens type arrangements with a lot of flowers, not so much shrubbery and grasses.
A little more info-the house faces ENE and gets a good amount of sun in the morning to late afternoon. We are military and will be needing to rent the house out in a few years so I'd like to invest in perennials that will have minimal upkeep for future renters (I can put annuals in for color while we are in the house too). I don't mind upkeeping the garden/landscaping but don't want to plant anything that will look horrible if the renters don't attend to it. I would love any suggestions as to what to plant or design ideas, I love to garden but have so much still to learn!
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There are also now two ac units on the side of the house facing the neighbors that I'd like to hide with lattice and plantings-its very shady there except early morning. Any suggestions for privacy along that property line would be appreciated as well-there is a drainage ditch between the two houses and they cleared everything there as well.
Sorry for such a long post, thanks in advance for any advice/direction you could provide!