Can a Low Maintainance Yard Still be Beautiful?
After digging out 40+ stumps, cleaning out patch after patch of brambles, doing an interior remodel of our older, fixer upper home, we are finally ready to tackle the porches, patio, and landscape. [the fun part!]
The neat thing is, after the initial cleanup, some wonderful things emerged that we had no idea were there. [A fall blooming Camellia, for example; love that bush!] Now, I'm undecided.......
After all the work we've already done, excessive maintainance is not something we want; we're looking forward to enjoying our yard and yet, I'm finding that conventional low maintainance plants and shrubs tend to bore me. I don't want anything funky,[this is an older home and I'd like to compliment it.]
For example, the Juniper tree in our backyard has done just fine on it's own, we never do anything except give it a little pruning, [well, at Christmas time it gets a lot of pruning,lol!] but I happen to love it; I bring branches into the house every year to decorate for Christmas and the smell is wonderful! I've begun to pair it with summer flowers like lavender and white yarrow and find that I love the combination. So to me, that's low maintainance, but something I still really enjoy.
Here is a list of other plants I'm considering: [I'd like input from people who have grown them, pros, cons, and advice on how to combine them]
Climbing Hydrangea [evergreen would be a bonus!]
Jasmine [summer blooming & winter blooming]
More Junipers, perhaps lower growing
We've got a couple large magnolias in the front yard, two very large old oaks, some old roses,[wonderful scent, black spot resistant, yay!] a Confederate Jasmine, [has actually been low maintainance for me] Camellias, a few lavenders and herbs, Boxwoods, some Rose of Sharon that were recently acquired and not yet planted......I think that about sums it up.
Thanks, I'd appreciate some input!