Help plan bed in between front of house and paver walkway (Pics!)

phortyOctober 12, 2012

Hey folks! I haven't been on this forum in a few years but recently rediscovered it when planning a planting area in the front of my house.

I've been in my house for 5 years and only recently got around to trying to update the look in the front yard. This summer, I had a few overgrown spruce trees and some nasty barberry bushes removed. I then had a paver walkway and stoop installed. So I basically have an empty slate to landscape.

The front of the house faces due south. However, it does get a bit of shade as there are large oak trees overhead that are in the front part of the front yard.

Thoughts of what to put in here? I'm pretty open to anything. I want some nice color in all seasons and some flowering. I don't want anything to grow higher than the picture window that is 4 feet high. I was thinking about some knockout roses or carpet roses and some perennials as well.

Close up of area to plant:

I'm facing northwest as I take this photo

I'm facing west

I'm facing northeast here

Facing northwest farther back to see the oaks providing shade:

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The photo is a little fuzzy so can't tell for sure, but you might consider allowing the burning bushes at the end of the house to grow into tree forms if it wouldn't conflict with any windows. And then underplanting them in the future. For below the front window you might consider one of the Japanese Spiraea cultivars. At the back of the perennials, if there is enough light, you might consider including Siberian Iris 'Caesar's Brother'. It has long lasting nice foliage in addition to the great blooms and general plant vigor without being invasive. Potentilla somewhere? Peonies? A tree Peony?

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 11:34PM
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I like the idea of some spirea there. Will they get tall enough to fill the area below the window? That's an interesting idea about the burning bushes but there is a bay window on the right and they are already too high and blocking some of that. I plan to trim them down after they drop their leaves.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 5:28PM
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"Will they [Spiraea] get tall enough to fill the area below the window?" There is a multitude of height choices available. The right height would minimize the need for frequent trimming.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 8:08PM
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Okay, I just measured and the picture window is exactly 36" off the ground. I just discovered Thor Spirea, which grows to 2-3' so that could work. I love the fall color these have right now. Or would those be a better fit to run along the path and plant something else under the window?

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 8:48PM
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The Spiraea would be the tallest planting that area. Between it and path, in general, should be something much lower.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 8:58PM
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