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dinosaur1 04-28-2012 01:55 PM

front yard landscaping
 
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I removed all of the white rocks in my front yard as well from around the house. I have to say I like it like this much better.

I am still working on ideas on what to do with the area by my lamppost and tree. As you will see in the picture the hostas that grow around the perimetere are starting to come up. I also have 3 knockout roses around the lamppost and 3 flower carpet roses in the middle. What else can I place here so it fills it up better ?

Anyhow I am trying to figure out how to arrange the pavers here so it looks better. I may or may not have to put some grass seed down afterwards.

Two Knots 04-29-2012 08:07 AM

What planting zone are you in, what part of the country?
It would be helpful to know this.

Firstly you have a very nice front lawn and front beds in front of the house.

I am not a fan of 'rock or paver' necklaces around the beds. I like more
natural edges on beds. I like them edged with the moon shaped edger,
mixed with large rocks...I love rock gardens. I like that you have the
knock out roses, they'll do well for you in what looks like a sunny
location. I also like ground covers, as they fill in and then you don't
have to weed. Go to your local nursery and get some evergreen, low
rock garden type shrubs, for this bed.
I love vinca vine as a ground cover, it's invasive, (I love invasive plants)
but shares space well with other plants.

Once you get ground coverings going then you can plant annuals in
pots and bury then in the ground covering.

The front yard should have more evergreens and not a lot of flowers,
it should be neat and tidy. Our front yard in neat and tidy and very
few flowers, the back yard the opposite -- high impact.

I will look for some examples of what I mean, you can take from it what you like or ignore it completely...

disclaimer, we're not professional landscapers, we just love having a
neat front yard, and a backyard that is a retreat.

dinosaur1 04-29-2012 09:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by two knots
what planting zone are you in, what part of the country?
It would be helpful to know this.

Firstly you have a very nice front lawn and front beds in front of the house.

I am not a fan of 'rock or paver' necklaces around the beds. I like more
natural edges on beds. I like them edged with the moon shaped edger,
mixed with large rocks...i love rock gardens. I like that you have the
knock out roses, they'll do well for you in what looks like a sunny
location. I also like ground covers, as they fill in and then you don't
have to weed. Go to your local nursery and get some evergreen, low
rock garden type shrubs, for this bed.
I love vinca vine as a ground cover, it's invasive, (i love invasive plants)
but shares space well with other plants.

Once you get ground coverings going then you can plant annuals in
pots and bury then in the ground covering.

The front yard should have more evergreens and not a lot of flowers,
it should be neat and tidy. Our front yard in neat and tidy and very
few flowers, the back yard the opposite -- high impact.

I will look for some examples of what i mean, you can take from it what you like or ignore it completely...

Disclaimer, we're not professional landscapers, we just love having a
neat front yard, and a backyard that is a retreat.

se wi

Two Knots 04-29-2012 09:41 AM

South eastern Wisconsin, right?

Here is a planting zone map for your state.

http://www.wisconline.com/almanac/ga...hardiness.html

cold winters, eh...
I'm in zone 7, so don't know about the hardiness of the plants we
have in your zone, but, I'll look for something in our garden
that shows what
I mean by a more natural type edging for a bed.

dinosaur1 04-29-2012 10:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Two Knots
South eastern Wisconsin, right?

Here is a planting zone map for your state.

http://www.wisconline.com/almanac/ga...hardiness.html

cold winters, eh...
I'm in zone 7, so don't know about the hardiness of the plants we
have in your zone, but, I'll look for something in our garden
that shows what
I mean by a more natural type edging for a bed.

Thanks. Do you think I should leave the design and shape alone in this area?

Two Knots 04-29-2012 12:45 PM

I think I would change the shape a little to more in and out.
We have an Island as well in our front. It has a Japanese maple,
low growing Birds nest shrubs and lots of vinca vine.
Around the three trees in the front is hostas.
We have seven large oaks in the front, and a large maple, so we
get very little sun. notice the vinca vine, how it fills in the space
nicely and leaves no room for weeds to grow.


You have great sun in the front, your knocks will do well.
If you plant vines, like vinca or english ivy, you then can have some
pots of flowers planted in the bed. We plant our flowers in dark
pots or wire baskets with grass cloth...this way the pots disappear
and it looks like a big spray of color concentrated in a few areas.
I am going to get you a video of our backyard...look at the rock
formation in front of the pond. This is what I mean about placing
rocks in front of the beds, as well as in the beds. Build up the rocks
in the back and have ivy and flowers cascading over the rocks.

I love interesting gardens with driftwood and rocks...We also
pay attention to color of the shrubs and plants...we also have a lot
of purple palace that we keep dividing. It has a greenish purplish
color and looks like a little maple tree shrub.

this was taken from inside the house.
I'll show you the videos of the back, It's lush and fully planted
and no room for weeds. :wink:
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a11...reer6-3-07.jpg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEGd3Sooojc

even more rocks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&fe...&v=dUBN_LGcnCk

dinosaur1 04-29-2012 01:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Two Knots
I think I would change the shape a little to more in and out.
We have an Island as well in our front. It has a Japanese maple,
low growing Birds nest shrubs and lots of vinca vine.
Around the three trees in the front is hostas.
We have seven large oaks in the front, and a large maple, so we
get very little sun. notice the vinca vine, how it fills in the space
nicely and leaves no room for weeds to grow.

You have great sun in the front, your knocks will do well.
If you plant vines, like vinca or english ivy, you then can have some
pots of flowers planted in the bed. We plant our flowers in dark
pots or wire baskets with grass cloth...this way the pots disappear
and it looks like a big spray of color concentrated in a few areas.
I am going to get you a video of our backyard...look at the rock
formation in front of the pond. This is what I mean about placing
rocks in front of the beds, as well as in the beds. Build up the rocks
in the back and have ivy and flowers cascading over the rocks.

I love interesting gardens with driftwood and rocks...We also
pay attention to color of the shrubs and plants...we also have a lot
of purple palace that we keep dividing. It has a greenish purplish
color and looks like a little maple tree shrub.

this was taken from inside the house.
I'll show you the videos of the back, It's lush and fully planted
and no room for weeds. :wink:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEGd3Sooojc

Looks great.
How do you mean by in and out? Like a squiggly design?

Two Knots 04-29-2012 01:50 PM

yes, more creative...did you look at the videos?
come in, come out...many people just do kidney or oval
shapes...use lots of rocks...put the taller shrubs in the back
the low growing shrubs in the front. Plant close and full.
'...and pay attention to color of shrubs, light green, dark green
mix it up.
Like I said, go to your local nursery and pick out low growing
rock garden shrubs and perennial ground covers.
Go on rock hunts...all the flat rocks we bought (a few tons of
them)...all the big round rocks we hunted for them.
Everything will come back in early spring, and all you'll need to do
is add some annuals in that front bed.

dinosaur1 04-29-2012 02:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Two Knots
yes, more creative...did you look at the videos?
come in, come out...many people just do kidney or oval
shapes...use lots of rocks...put the taller shrubs in the back
the low growing shrubs in the front. Plant close and full.
'...and pay attention to color of shrubs, light green, dark green
mix it up.
Like I said, go to your local nursery and pick out low growing
rock garden shrubs and perennial ground covers.
Go on rock hunts...all the flat rocks we bought (a few tons of
them)...all the big round rocks we hunted for them.
Everything will come back in early spring, and all you'll need to do
is add some annuals in that front bed.

Thanks! Only hard part for me is that tree in the back. It takes up ALOT of water.


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