Help with ideas

agrgory413(9)May 10, 2014

I have lived in my house for 5 years now and haven't done anything with the landscape. I have found that anytime I am wondering the local nurseries I just get overwhelmed. I want some easy to maintain landscaping, but I want it to look very clean and "professional."

I don't have a problem doing the dirty work, I just don't really know what plants pair well together. I know if I did it, I would make it look like I threw random plants in the ground.

I really like palms trees and the such. I think the main thing is clean looking and lower maintenance... A little shrub trimming wouldn't be bad, I just don't have a ton of time to work on it every weekend.

Any input would be much appreciated. Thank you in advance!

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And this is my side yard. I had to pull the middle hedges because some if them had died off because of a black fungus. I was thinking about putting hedges back, or possibly taller ornimental grass with something in between to break it up.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2014 at 7:22PM
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Wish you had better pictures. They're a bit dark and muddy. Could stand to be 25% larger, too. Can't see details of the area where palms, fence and some kind of stone wall is at the left half of first picture. How much depth of bed is there between the walk and fence in second picture?

    Bookmark   May 11, 2014 at 8:34AM
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I would put the standard California beauties...bougainvillea all along the fence and porch, bird of paradise for some height along the porch and corner, and ice plant for ground cover in front of the porch. Also just pop in some annuals like geranium, petunia, etc. (these can be removed easily when they croak). Low maintenance, evergreen, and pretty during the blooming season. Do make sure your HOA approves your plantings if there is one.

This post was edited by sasafras on Sun, May 11, 14 at 20:30

    Bookmark   May 11, 2014 at 8:26PM
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Great suggestions Sasafras!
How about a dwarf Japanese Maple "Red Dragon", at one of the front corners of the front bed.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2014 at 8:20AM
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It looks to me as if the bed rounding the porch is too shallow for shrubs. Perennials would work there. How do you irrigate?

    Bookmark   May 12, 2014 at 2:44PM
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