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Like so many before me - help!

Posted by eldarwen 10/24 (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 2, 13 at 0:20

I am hoping to attack the front yard, it needs lots of TLC and a plan. I appreciate any and all thoughts / suggestions / criticisms / plant suggestions or commiserations

What I know I want:
1) to change the path - I am thinking a mix of crushed granite and pavers. I love pavers with greenery between, but not sure that fits in with the rest of the goals...
2) Low water
3) Low maintenance yard. I enjoy gardening, but this with the back and the veggies, I get overwhelmed.

The bushes to the right (podocarpus) are *supposed* to create a pocket of privacy for the front bedroom with french doors that is to the right of the entrance.

Thank you in advance!

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RE: Like so many before me - help!

And rough top down plan of the front

RE: Like so many before me - help!

Is the "Plan" primarily showing proposed changes? It is not clear what some of the things are intended to be. Is it your perception, elderwen, that the plantings in front of the entrance help to enhance the overall view of the property? If the front bedroom needs privacy from the street, why not use some sort of window treatment rather than skew all landscaping to perform a job that it cannot do as well as something else (given the overall parameters and property limitations)?

RE: Like so many before me - help!

The plan view is of the current layout - generally.

Most of the plantings are left overs from before, and no, not particularly attractive. I like the Camelias (not visible on the right), but they are very badly placed, and evidently hard to transplant?

The idea of enclosing part of the front yard into a pocket came for several reason - the two current ones are
1) I liked the idea of being able to open the french doors from the bedroom into a private garden.
2) the front get the morning sun, so it's the best place to take morning coffee and more privacy is nice for that.

RE: Like so many before me - help!

The reasons you give for enclosing part of the front yard for privacy are justification enough. But it will be hard to help you with your overall goals if we can't see the french doors of which you speak, and the entrance door and the relationship between the two. Some architectural screening (privacy fence/screen) adorned with quaint details, and possibly vines, seems like it might be better than a fat, sprawling bush for producing the fine line between public and private in such a small yard. We need to see the right half of the house so if you could add a picture or two, it would help. What is the snakey-stemmed, multi-trunked tree at the left corner of the yard? What are the two shrubs in front of the blue section of the house? What is the blooming tree overhead? And the location is?

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