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Landscape ideas for around pergola and porch - pics attached >>

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by platinum, May 15, 2010.

  1. platinum

    platinum LawnSite Member
    Messages: 170

    I am having some trouble with the landscape around my pergola and porch. There is about a 3 foot grade over about 5-6 feet that I can't seem to keep mulch in for the life of me. It just blows in the yard.

    I am looking for some ideas to fill in the area so it looks better. I was thinking of some phlox, ivory or another type of ground cover.

    Let me know what you think.


  2. 2001FZ1

    2001FZ1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 83

    I just put down river rock in an area similar to yours. I don't think it will ever blow away and I'll never have to worry about adding more because it rotted away.
  3. platinum

    platinum LawnSite Member
    Messages: 170

    yeah, I started that at the front of the beds. I was thinking that too but didnt know what a big area would look like if all rock.

    Do you have pictures of job you did?
  4. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    Vinca minor in the bed and wysteria vines going up the posts.....
  5. platinum

    platinum LawnSite Member
    Messages: 170

    How hard is it to keep the creeping myrtle (Vinca minor) from taking over the other plants that I have esstablished or might plant later?

    How many would you think I would need to plant to get good coverage?
  6. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    It will grow about 6-10"s high. Anything planted in it would have to be higher...Hostas are fine. Every shoot or branch will have to re-root after about 12"s, so It isnt very aggressive as far as climbing up plants. How many you would need would depend on how patient you are. It can be slow to establish. 3-4 flats would be a good start . Keep in mind that as it covers the area...you wont really have any weeding to do anymore..only maint would be a yearly haircut around the edges.
  7. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    blue fescue
  8. platinum

    platinum LawnSite Member
    Messages: 170

    I like the idea of little to no maintenance.

    It would take alot of blue fescue to cover that area. What about the myrtle and some fescue?
  9. CedarStore

    CedarStore Inactive
    Messages: 32

    Are the home owners interested in vining plants or flowers on their pergola? It would provide a lot of shade, more green space, and really liven up their outdoor living space. Then, you could incorporate climbing vines into your planting plan for the surrounding beds.

    Just a suggestion!

    [I think it looks awesome!!]
  10. zanemoseley

    zanemoseley LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    I think the pergola covered with ivy or some other creeping variety would be nice but you'd have to keep it from going to the roof, the pergola is a bit bare and naked looking now.

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