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need some ideas

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by bobcatnj, Mar 17, 2006.

  1. bobcatnj

    bobcatnj LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 687

    i need some ideas for this house. they want all the shrubs taken out and replaced. the windows by the driveway are for the garage to they dont care if they get covered with a tree or shrub.i was thinkin maybe doin a retaining wall at the end of the walk near the driveway where it slopes down.

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  2. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,112

    I would build a bed like this..and plant it as well as replant the front foundation beds..and maybe a large planting mound in the middle of the lawn with a big evergreen and some other stuff too..I would also have some moss boulders brought in and set in arrangements in the mound and the bed..I can't help you with plantings cuz I have no idea where you are so I don't know what grows there.

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  3. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,210

    Why do they want everything removed? Does this include that weeping cherry? If so, I can take that off your hands if you want.
     
  4. The landscaper

    The landscaper LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 845

    I like the idea of having stuff on both sides of the walk. It will make the walk stand out nice with some lights running down each side of it.
     
  5. bobcatnj

    bobcatnj LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 687

    they want it all removed she doesnt like it being all green. so whatever, she wants the shrubs out, there coming out.like u said i was going to put some shrubs on the one side of the walk, maybe a row of boxwoods and make a hedge. i need ideas for the other side of the walk along the house. if u want that wheeping willow its all yours
     
  6. The landscaper

    The landscaper LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 845

    They definately need some height in there. It is pretty basic right now. I don't have specific plants or trees, but something with some height by the garage would give it some variety.

    The retaining wall at the end would help to keep from sloping all down hill but it may not look right if there is going to be plantings on both side of the walk.
     
  7. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,740

    That's one fugly house to have to work with. It is a pretty imposing house with so much big empty wall and the columns that accentuate the height. It is visually top heavy and they have done everything they can to make it so.

    I like your idea of a retaining wall near the driveway. That will allow you to pull the planting past the end of the house without it falling away. That will settle it down slightly. I would also offer the suggestion that spreading the planting out past the other end of the house will tone it down as well. Try to upsell toward bigger nursery stock because the house really demands it.

    I might suggest that you beef up planting along the outside of the walk only up to the point where it levels out. By doing that, you add visual weight toward the end of the building which is strengthened by keeping the planting in the middle light.

    That overhanging roof does nothing functional because it is so far up. Those columns totally disregard the windows and doors. What were they thinking? Who puts a column in front of a window?

    Window boxes going all the way to the outside of the shutters and painted the same color of the shutters will also help on the two garage windows only.
     
  8. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
    Posts: 793

    Looks like a really bad landscape--
    Im for removal of all but the Cherry

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    2------ Prunus yedoensis --2 1/2" Cal.Yoshino Cherry
    8------ Prunus Laurocerasus 3-4'-Schipkaensis
    5-------Prunus Laurocerasus-18-24" Otto Luyken
    10-12 --Encore Azalea's-15-18"-A.Twist
     
  9. freddyc

    freddyc LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 578

    Put in the retaining wall near the driveway as everyone has said...think about another one in front of the house with a few large trees to break up the front...it looks like the adams family would live there.

    If you can, dig a big hole and sink the house 6 or 8 ft..lol...its just TOO BIG!

    Twist some ivy vines around those columns..at least at Christmas they can use them for a big wreath.


    Good luck!
     
  10. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,112

    . It is a pretty imposing house with so much big empty wall and the columns that accentuate the height. It is visually top heavy and they have done everything they can to make it so.



    This is why I suggested a planting mound in the middle of the front lawn..with a few big evergreen trees..to visualy balance out the house.
     

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