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Stuck on a design

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by BLC1, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. BLC1

    BLC1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 714

    I am having trouble figuring out how to make this design flow with the way the house is designed. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    front house.jpg
     
  2. CTS Lawn & Landscape

    CTS Lawn & Landscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 81

    I'd put taller shrubs in front of the higher windows, lower shrubs in front of low window. And then about 10-12 ft in front of that a nice specimen tree ( Japanese Maple, Clump Cherry, Magnolia) with some other smaller shrubs around that. 1st thing I could think of....
     
  3. BLC1

    BLC1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 714

    Heres another view.

    front house 2.jpg
     
  4. BLC1

    BLC1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 714

    Thanks CTS, are you talking about 10-12 feet out from the low windows?
     
  5. CTS Lawn & Landscape

    CTS Lawn & Landscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 81

    Yep! And forgot about along the side of the house If you are doing that as well... I'd do a row of taller shrubs along that (Red twig Dogwood, Viburnum, Korean Lilac, BUrning bush) for some examples. For the specimen tree I'd also kick it out so not directly in front of window, if you have the space to.
     
  6. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,984

    I can't believe the downspout locations on that house and the way they angle away from the wall.

    Any way taller shrubs in front of higher windows as was pointed out. Try to take cues from the building and grade of the land.

    Thing I have seen is people put in a bed full of shrubs. Then put an ornamental tree (that winds up growing to big) close enough to the bed that there is too much shade and the lawn suffers in that area.

    Why put all that care to plant a bed then hide it behind a tree?
     
  7. BLC1

    BLC1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 714

    Ok, maybe I was on the right track.

    I was thinking some burning bushes down the right side of the house. Maybe some boxwoods under the lower windows so they don't cover the windows. Would it look right if I put hollys under the taller windows to keep some evergreen going along the back edge?
     
  8. Durabird02

    Durabird02 LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 144

    I was also thinking boxwoods, but i would do a slightly taller version in front of the high windows. Something in the evergreen family on the corner.
     

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