need balance help/ideas

kjmama(6)April 13, 2014

We have lived in this house for almost four years now and are more than ready to help the outside. I know there are architectural challenges that could be improved, but we are just wanting to focus on planting right now. Any big picture ideas to help balance the yard and soften the house? The house faces southwest and there is a slope towards the road and the driveway. Thank you so much for your help!

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yardvaark

good starter photo, but also need one from closer to show what's up with foundation hardscape, etc.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2014 at 8:56PM
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kjmama(6)

Kind of embarrassing, but true

    Bookmark   April 13, 2014 at 9:01PM
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kjmama(6)

one more

    Bookmark   April 13, 2014 at 9:03PM
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yardvaark

Hey, I like that ... once you get to the top, it's okay to fall off! :-)

Later.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2014 at 9:17PM
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kjmama(6)

:) not the kind of balance help I meant:)

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 3:27AM
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yardvaark

deleting. pic did not come through.

This post was edited by Yardvaark on Mon, Apr 14, 14 at 8:51

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 8:47AM
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yardvaark

The first impression is that the house seems naked, overexposed, unprotected. "Filtering" each end of it with a mini-forest of flowering trees, framing the view a little with a street tree(s) and stabilizing the foundation with some shrubs, perennials, groundcover and a little seasonal color could help balance and finish the overall picture. Of course, the colors used in the drawing are immaterial.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 8:49AM
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kjmama(6)

Thanks, this is great! What program do you use? What do you think about some evergreen shrubs in the mix?

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 12:24PM
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yardvaark

MS Paint.

I think there are some evergreen shrubs in there.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 1:48PM
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catkim(San Diego 10/24)

When I look at the house and note the south exposure and the probably northerly location, I would really value the sunshine coming in the windows. For this reason, I would make sure trees are far enough away from the house so they would not interfere with the light. Placing an airy tree diagonally out from the right corner (as viewed in the photos) would be good. (By contrast, the evergreen conical tree is the opposite of airy, but is fine in its present location away from the house.)

Developing a garden front and center from the door with some hardscape -- paths, some partial low walls for definition, and defined beds, all low-growing massed plants, could enhance the house design by breaking up the stark contrast between house and lawn, and would give you places for benches or a birdbath, some ambience to draw you outside.

In your searches look for parterre, formal herb garden, or massed plantings. Maybe something will click for you.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 12:31AM
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kjmama(6)

Thank you catkim. Yes, light is huge issue. The back of our house is so dark and the front light is precious. What kind of airy trees were you thinking of in this case?

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 6:54PM
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kjmama(6)

Thank you catkim. Yes, light is huge issue. The back of our house is so dark and the front light is precious. What kind of airy trees were you thinking of in this case?

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 6:55PM
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yardvaark

"The back of our house is so dark..." I will bet that if I saw a photo of the back yard, I'd see some tree trimming that needed to happen. Just guessing.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 8:44PM
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kjmama(6)

We are next to a wild farm, not our property. But really, no shade from the trees is cast to our house. The darkness really comes from the position of the house and a porch on the back.
I really would like ideas for the placement of a larger shade tree on the front nearest to the driveway. I'd like a very light shade, as we have mentioned the light.
I also am really liking hydrangeas. Any thoughts on those as foundation plants.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 6:45PM
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