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Old 04-10-2011, 07:29 PM   #16
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get risd of those overgrown bushes. Add some planer beds. Paint teh steps.


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Old 04-13-2011, 07:03 PM   #17
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Well, before anything, the bushes on the left side, that cover those windows, need to go! They make things look odd because it does mess with the symmetry, just not being able to see the other windows. I think I noticed the stairs have no railing, is that correct? I think adding some sort of decorative railing would help, and some sort of overhanging 'porch' type area over the door/stairs. Sitting next to that showpiece would be difficult, however, LOL. 1st thing though, trimming all the excess greens/bushes.
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Old 04-24-2011, 06:03 PM   #18
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OK, I like the tall hedges on the far right (the ones that block the neighbor's property) and I plan to trim them so that they're a little more boxy/formal. I also like the cute gum-drop shaped camellia tree on the left side and plan to keep it trimmed similar to the way it is now. I'd like to put some flower beds with some low to tall flowers right in front of both sides of the house, maybe raised beds surrounded by river rocks, at a height that some foxglove spires will grow up in front of the windows. But I'm not sure I like the way the front is just open to the sidewalk now. I was thinking of maybe putting in short (2' to 3') formally trimmed hedges on each side of the steps, kind of enclosing the yard so that you have to climb the steps to get to the walkway on the left side, which is level with the third step.

Does anyone have suggestions for their favorite short hedges, that can be trimmed into a fairly formal shape like boxwoods? I was thinking of maybe a honeysuckle bush, but I'm sure there are unusual hedge plants that I'm probably not aware of. I like plants that have dual uses, like fragrance or edible berries, things like that. However I guess boxwood is probably the easiest, as far as keeping it shaped like a formal hedge? What about blueberry bushes? Would that just look weird? I'd really like blueberries, and they grow well in this climate, but the backyard may be too shady for them...


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