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Landscape suggestions

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Lawn-Scapes, Jun 18, 2002.

  1. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,810

    I would like your help/suggestions for landscaping this area inside (and maybe around the outside) of the RR tie area. That's an Oak tree in there. The back of the house is facing west. So this area will get whatever afternoon sun there is between the house and the Oak tree. Then late afternoon/evening sun.

    Any help would be appreciated :)
  2. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,810

  3. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    I realize this isn't exactly landscaping, but it looks like a good place for a deck. Are you going to replace the RR ties? They look a little long in the tooth.
  4. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,361

    The oak tree is going to compete strongly for the moisture and nutrients, so that may curtail some choices. The deck idea is a good one since the patio is nothing to show off. Or the patio could be veneered with flagstone or brick. The bed could be planted with Lamium which will take dry shade. Other woodland natives to consider: Joe Pye Weed, Butterfly Weed, Flame Azalea, some Rhododendrons, Bearberry. Non-natives might include Hostas and Astilbe. Also the container idea could be better developed with more, varied pots and selections for them.
  5. BigJim

    BigJim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 382

    Impatiens would give a splash of colour

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  6. BigJim

    BigJim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 382

    or go with the deck/patio idea,sorry about the tree:D

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  7. Russo

    Russo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 287

    Jim, you and your pics......awesome.

    As much as I hate Junipers sometimes, how about some Blue Rug around the tie border or some type of creeping plant that will drape over the dern ugly wall and hide it a little. Then stick in all that good stuff hat Lanelle mentioned.
  8. DaddyRabbit

    DaddyRabbit LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 937

    If you must Landscape it I believe i'd start out by tossing the existing landscape timbers and replacing them w/a nice stacked rock wall and the wall shouldn't be a traditional square, it should have shape for contrast,i.e add some curves to it. I would let the age of the occupants/owners dictate the type of plant/shrub if in fact they don't know what they like. :)
  9. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,361

    NO Junipers in the shade!!!!! They will sulk and get ugly, won't grow at all. And if they did, they would crowd out everything else.
    And getting rid of the timbers is a given. Maybe even a terraced stone wall would make the situation easier to plant.
  10. Chuck Sinclair

    Chuck Sinclair LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 336

    Here in California we can't plant any thing under an oak, but i see a lot of good suggestions here good luck.

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