landscaping suggestions needed (pics attached)

tamujunMay 20, 2010

Hi, I want to beautify my front yard by planting more shrubs/flowers. As a newbee to landscaping and gardening, I very much want to listen to you guys' opinions or suggestions. What kind of shrubs or flowers should I look at? I have a very moderate budget (trying to get it done economically).

Frontyard pictures:

http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/MyH9vevNnVoJvyIxGzHJ5M6W6e7zm5WL3CIPTz7YdIQ?feat=directlink

http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_opilOL7se-QhuuKLD9mZM6W6e7zm5WL3CIPTz7YdIQ?feat=directlink

http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/hV6HroA00_NCxWYod-h19s6W6e7zm5WL3CIPTz7YdIQ?feat=directlink

Thanks in advance!!

Here is a link that might be useful: front yard pic 1

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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

I can only access one photo at the link. Here are links for the other photos:

http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/MyH9vevNnVoJvyIxGzHJ5M6W6e7zm5WL3CIPTz7YdIQ?feat=directlink

http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/hV6HroA00_NCxWYod-h19s6W6e7zm5WL3CIPTz7YdIQ?feat=directlink

Is it possible to have a photo of the entire house from the street, facing the front door or the middle of the house? I realize that may not be possible, because of the hill. If not the entire house, then two or three shots of the house, from the front lawn.

Also, which direction does the house face?

    Bookmark   May 20, 2010 at 11:53AM
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tamujun

Thanks missingtheobvious. Here is a picture of the entire house, taken from the front lawn. The house is facing west (and a little west south).

Here is a link that might be useful: from front

    Bookmark   May 20, 2010 at 1:58PM
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lazy_gardens

Can you back up all the way across the street and show the entire front lawn area and house ... like we would see it driving up, or the way the neighbors see it?

You are going to be designing a setting for it that starts at the street and goes all the way to the front walls.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2010 at 9:53AM
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tamujun

Hope these two pics help - thanks in advance!

http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_opilOL7se-QhuuKLD9mZM6W6e7zm5WL3CIPTz7YdIQ?feat=directlink

Here is a link that might be useful: new pic

    Bookmark   May 25, 2010 at 10:22AM
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karinl(BC Z8)

I really like the way LazyGardens worded that, to say your landscaping will start at the street and go to the house. So often people start and stop their landscaping at the foundation.

Having said that, you have a foundation bed prepared, and this would not be a bad place to start. The shape of the bed is predetermined and so there are no decisions to make other than plant material. This area would look best planted with a mostly evergreen foundation planting, which does not tend to be heavily flowering (unless you add rhododendrons, which won't all like this much sun). I would suggest you visit a few local nurseries and look for evergreens to create a basic shape and structure for the bed. Pick plants you like, based mainly on the shape they have - straight and narrow, round, pyramid, arching, etc (and make sure they can tolerate sun). Once you have those in place, you can add flowering plants to accent them.

Out in the yard, you can have more height, and there you need to think about what views you want to preserve or prevent, how much maintenance work you want to do, where you want shade from eventual trees, and so on.

KarinL

    Bookmark   May 26, 2010 at 11:25AM
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karinl(BC Z8)

I hope someone else will reward you for providing more pictures when asked to do so....

KarinL

    Bookmark   May 28, 2010 at 4:11PM
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