Foundational Planting Suggestions?

dzd9fy(6)September 14, 2013

We are wanting to replace what there is of our existing landscaping and would appreciate some input and guidance on lplant suggestions and layout. Of the existing, the only items we plan to keep are the shrubs that line the walkway as well as the Maple and the Spruce that are in the front yard. We would like low maintance [trimming/ annual clean up]

Any quidance or suggestions are appreciated!

As reference, the front of the house faces South and we are listed in hardiness Zone 6a.

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dzd9fy(6)

another view

    Bookmark   September 14, 2013 at 2:54PM
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dzd9fy(6)

another view

    Bookmark   September 14, 2013 at 2:55PM
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yardvaark

I would reconsider decision to keep hedges that line the (narrow) walk. They do not add to the quality of the house being inviting and welcoming. Some widening of the walk would help. Doesn't look like there's any foundation plants worth keeping as they are.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2013 at 4:49AM
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dzd9fy(6)

Thanks for the suggestion on the walk, it is alreay 4', how wide should it be?

Also agree on the foundation plantings, suggestions on what to do there?

This post was edited by dzd9fy on Sun, Sep 15, 13 at 11:31

    Bookmark   September 15, 2013 at 11:30AM
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dzd9fy(6)

anyone?

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 9:05PM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

I also thought the walk was narrower than 4' (due to the enclosing effect of the current hedges). If it's 4', that should be fine.

Eliminating the hedges will cut out most of your trimming!

I'm afraid I can't advise on shrubs for your climate. But if you pick slow-growing shrubs and keep them in a "natural" shape, that will also minimize trimming.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 9:25PM
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yardvaark

The foundation area between the drive and the stone portion of the home is almost indecipherable, being covered up from view or fuzzily distant. The porch area does not show up well. You might add some photos (square on shots, if possible) from about half-way up that show some of the hidden areas.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 11:57PM
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littlebug5(z5 MO)

Ha! The very FIRST thing I would do is get rid of the shrubs lining the walkway. They are too confining and distracting.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 7:26PM
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dzd9fy(6)

Additional view

This post was edited by dzd9fy on Thu, Sep 26, 13 at 19:30

    Bookmark   September 26, 2013 at 7:29PM
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emmarene

It seems I stand alone. I like the hedge to the door. Usually I hate anything so close to a path. I love the flow of that hedge. Of course I am not a pro so I give my opinion as the average Joe who walks past the house.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2013 at 9:31PM
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yardvaark

I'm speculating on how you might lay out some basic plantings. Since I can't grasp your photos very well, you'll need to do a bit more interpretation. I think you can see what might be a shrub, perennial, groundcover or tree. (I'm drawing through your hedge in order to help explain the illustration.) The picture is not specific plant recommendations so you could research what plants grow there and would fit those approximate dimensions. Or ask further questions.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2013 at 11:15PM
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