Wilda Kane Backyard November 08th, 2018 - 07:58:12
Designing a landscape. I like to start with what I know and then work towards what I don't know how in this landscape there were a couple of dwarf Alberta, spruces on either side of the front steps there, which were looking a little bit tired. So I knew I want to replace those with a nice evergreen, so the first thing I did was figure out what type of evergreen to use on either side the steps now the next space that concerned me was to the left of the front porch. There are about a foot and a half of dead space between the porch and the edge of the stone wall. So I thought about what I would do to fill in that space as well, and then I just basically worked my way through the landscape. Working from what I know to what I need to figure out, as I mentioned before, I frame the front steps with this common boxwood on either side of the front door. It's a very compact shrub. It's not going to overgrow its space, but it's going to give a nice backdrop evergreen backdrop through the winter.
Now part of the problem with this landscape was that the grade dropped off very quickly from the front deck. So what we ended up doing was pulling the beds out farther and then bringing in some more soil, so we could make that grade taper down a little more slowly now over by my left foot here this is called the Rose, Ann geranium, which is a beautiful Perennial geranium, it's going to bloom all summer now, because we have a very large beech tree overhead. This is a very hot dry space and they're actually used to be the old walkway for the house through here as well. So what I did is I worked in some catnip into the landscape here, because it can tolerate that very hot dry conditions and look nice with minimal care. Our homeowners were having some trouble with this space. It was always very dry, so what we ended up doing was our homeowner was quite handy and he built about a foot tall, retaining wall here to raise the grade, and then we went ahead and filled. It was a really nice soil and these nice compact tide Hill boxwood.
These boxwood are going to stay small enough that they're never going to overtake the space, but they're going to be just enough to soften the look of this area. When I'm designing a landscape, I like to make it look nice, but also be easy to maintain, and one of the trademarks of my landscapes are the nice flowing curve to the beds you can see here. We've got one very generous flowing easy to maintain curve through the garden. Now we worked our land limelight hydrangea into the back of the garden right here, which is going to give us a really nice summer, color and then to go along with the concept of having UD through the landscape.