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Help please :) Design question & pics

Posted by krystine 5AOntario (My Page) on
Wed, May 17, 06 at 8:01

I come to you, my fellow plant lovers and collecters for advice! :)

I have struggled (some say, "obsessed") with my landscaping efforts since last year when I posted to the landscape forum asking for advice. I was told that my house begs for a formal design, and to rip out everything I had done. I had plunked a large flower garden on a berm in the middle of my lawn and put in a flagstone path that was deemed too wide.

Since that time, I have been thinking about how I could make the current design work. One of the things that was mentioned was that the garden bisects the yard too much.

Here's a pic of the house in April, when not much is in bloom, but you can see the yard and slope to the street:

Pic this spring

I plan on:
* Extending the path around the left of the garden and going toward the street
* Putting stairs on the path/slope (goes to mailbox/bus stop)
* Extending the beds next to the fence to curve out to meet the new path
* Attaching a huge trellis on the front of the house from the ground to the roof on the right hand side between the 2 windows (sweet autumn clematis?)
* Attaching a trellis against the neighbor's orange fence and growing heavenly blue morning glories

My question to you is... should I put beds on the slope and easement toward the street or would that really be too much? (I was thinking a xeric garden with orn. grass, rocks, sedum, etc).

Maybe there's nothing I can do that will make this design work, but I really hate grass :)

Any suggestions you could throw at me would be appreciated :)


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RE: Help please :) Design question & pics

I am probably the last person you should ask about garden design.
I think your yard looks great. Grass is ugly. I love trellis with vines. Your plans sound fine to me. I say go for it.

RE: Help please :) Design question & pics

Okay, I'm going to take the plunge and do it :) I think the neighbors are going to start calling me 'that crazy lady with all the plants!'

RE: Help please :) Design question & pics

Your berm looks wonderful! I agree with Ron. Besides, how could a person ever have too many plants?

It's not hardy north of Zone 7, but I'm going to plant a Confederate Jasmine to cover my next-door neighbor's fence and to give my garden bed an evergreen background. I'm planning to attach those little doo-dahs that are cemented into place and have clips for the vine.

I've already been described as the lady with all the plants...

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