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no_Wedge
03-24-2011, 02:48 PM
I have this small area next to the house (cement slab) which I am wanting to landscape with something that will add some appeal. I live in lubbock, tx so zone 7 and it stays pretty dry here, so things that can tolerate heat and some drought. I want to fill the whole area pretty much, but leave room for the faucet. It is ~12ft at back and ~6ft at front Any ideas are greatly appreciated.
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ron mexico75
03-24-2011, 03:15 PM
Something basic, compact holly (Ilex crenata 'Compacta') and maybe plant some colorful annuals up near the front edge you can swictch out 2 times a year.

TexasFire221
03-24-2011, 03:39 PM
Low maintenace? Color? What are you looking to achive. Stay native and keep it simple.

VO Landscape Design
03-24-2011, 03:54 PM
A variety of ornamental grasses, tall in back and short in front. lots to choose from.
VO

no_Wedge
03-24-2011, 03:59 PM
really don't like flowering varieties, am leaning toward evergreen type and maintenance doesn't matter a whole lot, but the less the better.

ron mexico75
03-25-2011, 12:27 PM
That's why I told you compact holly. Evergreen, minimal pruning to shape based upon preference but not mandatory.

no_Wedge
03-25-2011, 02:45 PM
that does sound nice, how many of the holly's could i fit in there? I was thinking 3 with maybe some ornamental grasses or annuals like you stated toward the front to bring in the eye

ron mexico75
03-25-2011, 03:07 PM
I wouldn't do more then 3 and nothing else. It's going to get to around 5-6' x 5-6' when mature if left unpruned. Until then you might get away with planting some annuals on the front edge.

Southern Elegance
03-27-2011, 05:10 PM
1 little gem magnolia and 3-4 double red knock out roses and a few stella da ore day lillies

ron mexico75
03-28-2011, 12:30 PM
1 little gem magnolia and 3-4 double red knock out roses and a few stella da ore day lillies

I love all of those plants yopu mentioned. However, I would never plant or tell somebody to pant a tree that gets upwards of 20 feet tall in an area that small, next to a foundation and enclosed by sidewalk on the other 3 sides. Also, you know how big knockouts get? They grow fast as hell too.