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Need help with landscaping ideas!

Posted by urbanalbino 7 (My Page) on
Sat, Jan 8, 11 at 8:50

Hi there! Hubby and I bought our first house last year and we spent most of the year remodeling. It looks great! ... on the inside. Now, the outside needs some TLC and don't know where to start! I have some pictures of the outside posted on another website (forum) but didn't get enough feedback and was hoping that some of you fine folks would offer up some advice. The pictures were taken just a couple mornings ago, so the grass is quite dead. When its alive it looks pretty decent, but was planning to sow more grass seed anyway in the spring time.

I was thinking of having the house painted this summer - when you look at the pictures, would you tell me what colors would be good for it? My husband and I have absolutely NO idea when it comes to plants and colors and such. Your input would be greatly appreciated!!

Rachel from TN

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RE: Need help with landscaping ideas!

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RE: Need help with landscaping ideas!

I read on the other site that you want to down play the lattice. That can be done with evergreen foundation bushes. Osmanthus gets tall quickly, stays green (2 types-one with holly like leaves and one with oval leaves) and has a wonderful scent. As it grows it can be trimmed out at the bottom like a tree. It will grow in your area. Then you can play with the area in the front of the foundation bed with smaller shrubs and flowers. Please don't plant Bradford pear trees--they are weak wood and large branches split off easily in ice and wind storms--then they look awful. Dogwoods, maples, cherries and some evergreen trees would all look great. Idea Share's tree is somewhat the shape of a Japanese Maple and could be incorporated in your foundation planting. There are great landscaping books at the public library and big hardware box stores that show specimen plants--roses, flowering shrubs etc. And give landscaping plans that you can adjust to your wants and needs. Start studying and researching!

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Here is a link that might be useful: other site with photos

RE: Need help with landscaping ideas!

I think I agree with FrankieLynn that reading a landscaping book or two would probably be a good start, especially as it's winter and you can't do much actual planting anyway, and your local nurseries won't have any good stock available yet either.

You need an overall idea of what you want to accomplish before you start picking plants... make shade here, privacy there, flower bed wherever. It doesn't have to be a detailed plan, and some people (me) have been known to buy plants first, then figure out where to put them, but you usually end up killing 40% of them and moving the other 60% at least once.

Trees have to start somewhat puny unless you have them planted by someone driving a loader over your lawn. Try lifting one in even a 5-gal pot and you'll probably like puny trees a lot better :-)

To deal with the lattice I think either contrasting paint or wooden slats instead of it would work, but I think I'd live with it for a while. It probably serves an important privacy function.


RE: Need help with landscaping ideas!

I would take the lattice off the upper deck and replace it with railing. I would leave the lattice on bottom and just plant around it.

This gives you an idea of upper deck without lattice and railing added:

Here are some ideas of what it would look like with landscaping around the lattice:
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