Backyard Design Help (pic)
We'd like to add more interest to our backyard landscaping, to make it a more easy & relaxing feeling. There is artificial turf in the middle. And lots of rocks all around the edges. We'd like to add some trees/shrubs/flowers around the edges, and get rid of the "rock" feel. the turf needs to stay for our dogs. There is a walking path that runs behind our yard. We live in CO, and the yard faces south so lots and lots of sun. We already have a couple evergreens, a autumn purple ash, and a another tree that I don't know what it is.
We like VERY LOW MAINTENANCE. We are not gardners, just starting out.
We went to a nursury today and liked:
Austian Pine (for the far corner maybe)
Canada Red Clump
Chanticleer Pear (probably too big for the yard)
Here are my quesitons:
1) are those good choices, and are any better than others?
2) can i make a row of mulch linking one tree/shrub to the next? if so, any advice on doing this?
3) Is there any ground cover or something else I could link between plantings?
4) I'd like to grow clemantis on the back fence, is there anything else I should consider.
Thank you for any suggestions or advice you have. I appreciate your time!