Please help with landscape design!

luv2look(5b)April 10, 2014

Would really like to spruce up the outside of house. Probably need to take out everything there and start fresh. Am thinking about a dwarf alberta spruce in the middle of front of house where large ball-shaped boxwood currently is. Am also considering a dwarf ornamental tree to left of front of house in area I will show in a second post because I don't know how to post more than one picture at a time. It would be in the entryway area to the right of the sidewalk. I would like to figure out a base of evergreen shrubs etc. so it is not so bare in winter and then fill in color with perennials and annuals. The tree in yard will also go at some point as it is lopsided from storm damage. Any suggestions and/or visuals would be so appreciated!

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luv2look(5b)

Here is area to left of front of house in first picture. This is where I am thinking of a dwarf ornamental tree of some sort, but don't want to totally block view from windows above chairs on porch.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 10:16PM
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designoline6(Z6)

Add a pergola.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2014 at 4:06AM
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luv2look(5b)

Thanks for the idea but I am really just looking for landscaping ideas, not structural changes at this point.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 2:22PM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance

When I look at your house. The two windows (eyes) and the big green nose bother me.

I think you should take out the nose, create a curvy (just to break up the straight lines of the house) nice big planter there, and put a couple dwarf japanese maples... Waterfall is a good one with a lot of amazing low color that grows and blooms in your zone..

The planters should be large enough to hold varying heights and distract people from that big green nose. I would use bricks like your house to build up a planter...

Only problem is, the planter walls can be 1' high, but there must be drainage away from your structure.

Suzi

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 8:17PM
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yardvaark

A few ideas. The blue thing between the windows is a flowering vine covered trellis.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 10:51PM
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luv2look(5b)

Desertdance, I won't be able to look at that bush now without it being a "nose". It is definitely gone just as soon as we figure out what to replace it with. I can't really picture a planter and how it could have drainage. I don't think I can add a foot of dirt up against the existing brick. Yardvaark, thank you for the mock-up. I have thought of a trellis but wonder about it being bare in the winter and spring and wonder how that would look. Do you think a dwarf spruce would look bad in that spot between the windows? I really like that tree to the left of the front of the house-thank you! Your picture also shows me when we replace the current tree in the front yard it should move to the right to frame the house instead of block it.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 1:27PM
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yardvaark

"Do you think a dwarf spruce would look bad in that spot between the windows?" It's not the shape I would go for in that spot. But "bad" ...?

A trellis itself can look nice if you make it be so. (Not a store-bought trellis!) Many vines provide winter interest.

Also, there is the possibility of a non-vining woody plant espaliered on a trellis.

This post was edited by Yardvaark on Tue, Apr 15, 14 at 20:47

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 8:45PM
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