Looking for backyard design ideas
I want to start with the basics, trees/shrubs that will frame the yard. Eventually (in the next few years) I'd like to add a garden bed around the entire yard, leaving an oval patch of grass in the centre.
Along the back fence is: an apple tree (about 3 yrs old), and newly planted rose bush, Ruby Red Wegeilia, rose bush, rose of sharon, then the Flame Amure Maple tree (which I hope to continue as a single trunk).
I have a small veggie garden along the side but am not set on keeping it as that.
I made an impulse purchase on the weekend which I'm now regretting. It's a Shirazz Japanese Maple. Does anyone see a spot where I can incorporate it? My sister will take it if I can't use it.
I also purchased a few hollies to plant along the left side of the patio.
Being a novice gardener, I'd love to hear some suggestions from those of you with experience. More privacy would be nice in the yard, but it's quite small (33 ft long by 35 ft wide). It is north facing, and the yard gets full sun most of the day. As the trees mature that will change of course. I am in (zone 5B Ontario).
I'm stuck and don't know where to go next. I know I should add some evergreens but where/what? Do I add more trees? More shrubs? I feel so overwhelmed right now.
I'm open to moving the things I've already planted along the back fence. Please excuse the mess of the yard, it's been a work in progress and I haven't cleaned up yet. The plastic play structure will be going soon as the girls are outgrowing it.