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Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by STRINGALATION, May 13, 2009.

  1. STRINGALATION

    STRINGALATION LawnSite Senior Member
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    Well here goes imust love abuse to keep posting on here but




    this great customer was still sitting on a rough grade when i met him .gave a finish grade seed in the back sod up front. i know the seed of my sod guys so i get a match. small bed placed in pocket between house and walkway. no one has cut this but me . mine only for almost three years.

    he comes to me yesterday with i want a bed across the front of the other side. i want it ti come out further and some flowers. end of conversation. like i said great customer.

    i know his wife will just stick a pot in the grass which pisses me off now i cant cut easy no more so i wanted to make a place for here to put her
    begonias

    uuugghh just noticed i added a extra column where they met next door and the front is not brick but the back
    this is now



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    a peek at the back

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    heres what im thinking might work that also wont be dropping crap in the yard no leaf or foliar cleanup at this point so i wanna keep it to a minimum


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  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    From what I can tell, it looks like you've made just a simple design for a simple space and it should work fairly well. If you do too much more than that it might muck things up.

    Instead of Planters on the columns, how about lighting ??
     
  3. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
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    For some reason, I can't see the photos.
     
  4. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Now I have, 'em.

    I would not want the spruce front and center like that, it cuts the landscape in half. I'd want you to take care of two birds with one stone by putting the tree to the right and in front of that hideous concrete wall of the abutters to shift the attention and balance back toward the front door. A trellis between the windows with climber on it would be nicer because it is flat against the wall.

    When you make strong focal points in the middle of wall faces, it tends to fragment the overall look of the landscape. Right now the gazing ball is working because it is small and lower than the outside shrubs. I'd rather see the pots on either side of the walkway or at least much smaller pots if they stay in the middle.

    I'm a big believer that your eye goes to where things are not. I'm also a big believer that a house looks best it your eye wants to go to the front door. A big thing out in front of one of those walls tends to make you look to both sides of it and not find anything. It acts like a snow plow coming at you. If you build up the outsides it acts like a funnel drawing you in. .... my opinion.
     
  5. STRINGALATION

    STRINGALATION LawnSite Senior Member
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    first off i could not have picked a better pair of responders as far as people whose opinion i value and i mean that.

    1. i dont think i can handle what it would take to install those lights correctly.. wow i'm growing up to say that. lol
    2. lol those where suppose to represent begonias not GAZING BALLZ the scouge of the landscape. but i felt to much red going on with the mulch so went to white petunias
    3. i completely love the tree framing concept. makes sense. some stuff you say agla i think i know subcontously you know what i was spelling . i learned that during design principles where you dont want yourcorners taller than the house
    4. i would love to be the contractor on one of your designs. if its not to much i would love a full desgn from you plant list and all just to bid on it. i know the regions are diff pprice es are diff blah blah i just wnt to feel the big leagues, and vellum that was my prfessional reference.



    well here goes


    this is what those rings are you are seeing around the planters. i thought i would throw that in to clarify things



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    i feel the white petunias and the relocation of the spruce opened it back up. aswell as the smaller size planters which went back to the same size as the rest. thanks AGLA

    WHITE GARDENS: what about regular lighting in the 2 front corners washing the house. not a flood but a washer. hoping to keep this around $ 1500
    ohh i do plan on raising those beds some what and i dont know if you noticed but with the spruce going to the wall i exstended the bed to the wall' like a triple titty. no offense but i usual refer personally to beds a a double titty and this is my first triple i think?
     
  6. STRINGALATION

    STRINGALATION LawnSite Senior Member
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    also my design concepts and priciples sad you want to draw attention to the door
     
  7. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It was the ADT sign in the before picture that I thought was a gazing ball, that's even funnier!

    You don't have much bed space to work with on the left. What you have on that side is working. I know your customer wants to keep it simple, but if you could get a couple of shrubs on the right side it would make a big difference. You could stay basic with a couple of azaleas of a larger variety on either end of that wall and a lower wider japanese holly or other evergreen of that form in between the two pots for example. Just don't get vertical between the windows, unless it is something flat and wide on the wall (trellis).
     
  8. STRINGALATION

    STRINGALATION LawnSite Senior Member
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    the keep it simple concept was mine. i work here so clutter is a pain. also i was going for a manor type of formal stately look.

    that gazing ball was hillarious it made sense once you stated your focus. i thought about moving the arborvitae that was becoming trash to the center point on the right.

    all though i do like the trellis concept maybe clematis or morning glory. i'm going do a take off tonight and see where i am cost wise. i'll play with the trellis idea i like that concept over any more shrubs dont know why but i think it gives it a softness as appose to the shrub
     
  9. STRINGALATION

    STRINGALATION LawnSite Senior Member
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    you lost me with the azalea reference ?what wall are you refering to
     
  10. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Oh, the reference to the azaleas is about the side to the right of the walk. Remove the arb. One azalea next to the steps, one near the corner of the house and a low japanese holly between the windows (and pots). A trellis could go behind it.
     

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