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Waltb
06-06-2009, 10:42 AM
First off let me say I'm a homeowner but I thought I would get a better response in this forum.

I'm in the process of freshening up the front yard and would like to add some color. We like knockout roses, encore azaleas, lillies, etc...

I'm renting a bedscaper this afternoon so I could possibly make a bed area off the Japanese Maple out front. I'm going to redefine all the edges and add new straw.

We also thought about adding some in front of the ligustrums on the right side of the house and/or possibly removing some/all of the hawthornes on the left side and adding X there...

What do you think?

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tamadrummer
06-06-2009, 10:48 AM
Personally I would go buy a few flats of begonias, marigolds, impatiens, and petunias and go to town livening up that landscape.

You are all set on shrubbery and the idea of a Japanese Maple is a great ideal as well.

I am a total believer in adding annuals they just do so much for the livliness of the home.

White Gardens
06-06-2009, 01:37 PM
What direction does the front face???

It looks to be facing the west.

Waltb
06-06-2009, 07:22 PM
What direction does the front face???

It looks to be facing the west.


You are correct..west.

White Gardens
06-07-2009, 09:53 AM
If you are handy with a pair of hedge clippers, then here is what I see.......


I would skip the Jap Maple. My only thought is that the foudation color is going to wash out the purple color of the tree. A different ornamental tree, or large bush with more of a green color would show better. I would expand the bed to the south-west corner and put it there, but make sure it doesn't get much taller than the porch roof max.

In the front, I would alternate some colorful dwarf. shrubs and do a shrub garden theme there. Maybe an upright evergreen in the corner by the garage, and throw in some lime spireas, blue spruce, red and green barberry bushes, all next to each other and slightly grown together. The alternating colors look great.

I would try not to do too anything too tall so you don't hide the front porch. I'm going to be taking some pics of a current job later tonight, and a couple doors down a person has done a scheme like that, so I'll try to post it as an example.

Also, get rid of the mulch volcanoe around the shrub in the front yard.

Waltb
06-07-2009, 03:07 PM
Thanks for the suggestions..pics would be great. Actually the "shrub" in the front yard is a Greenleaf Jap Maple, at least that's what the treefarm folks told me. I'll get rid of the extra dirt around it this afternoon since it bothers me too.

White Gardens
06-07-2009, 06:32 PM
Here's a pic. I think if you got the color scheme right in front of your house it would look really good.

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BrandonV
06-07-2009, 06:34 PM
those blue cedars won't live in SC too hot, the alberta spruce won't be happy either.

White Gardens
06-07-2009, 06:47 PM
those blue cedars won't live in SC too hot, the alberta spruce won't be happy either.


Ya, didn't think of that.

Point being though, that a good color scheme of shrubs in front of the house might look pretty good.

Lite4
06-07-2009, 07:38 PM
those blue cedars won't live in SC too hot, the alberta spruce won't be happy either.

They are blue globosa spruce and your right, probably too hot.