Landscaping for Narrow Strip

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by jim1504, May 9, 2007.

  1. jim1504

    jim1504 LawnSite Member
    from tx
    Messages: 12

    I'm wondering if you guys might have some suggestions as to what landscaping might like good in the pictured area. The area is about 30 feet long and 2.5'-3' wide (from the fence to the deck) at its narrowest. I live in the Dallas area. I'm not necessarily looking for landscaping to block the fence. I'm at a loss since the area is so narrow. Thanks for any help!

  2. bahamamills

    bahamamills LawnSite Member
    Messages: 188

    Well if it were my house I definetely would not want grass there which has to be mowed or trimmed. They will either end up with grass stains on the fence or grass in the pool. I would spray whats there and plant some ornamental grass or flowers.
  3. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,406

    Perennials, vines on fence or trellis, maybe a narrow growing evergreen or 3 for some year round interest. Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil' hollies. Lot's of color to enjoy during the pool use seasons.

  4. jim1504

    jim1504 LawnSite Member
    from tx
    Messages: 12

    Great ideas guys!

    Dreams to Ideas
    I think I'll go with the Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil' hollies. Any ideas on placement and/or spacing? Thanks.
  5. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
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  6. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,406

    Jim, if you'd like. Send me an email and I can forward the a data sheet in PDF format for the Sky Pencils. They can grow from 8" -12" tall and up to about 36" in diameter. I don't believe I have seen one greater than 18" in diameter, but you are in Texas, and we know everything is bigger there. They can be used as a hedge, but better of in groups of three or two and a third used as an exclamation point. They are relatively clean and are very durable.

  7. Guzman Properties

    Guzman Properties LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 443

    Stone sounds the best. People may brush up into bushes and plants while walking around. Leaves and pedals will fall of and may get into the pool.

    just my 2 cents
  8. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,187

    I would use a Bamboo with a sealed rootguard. Possibly Phyllostachys a. spectabilis or nigra is a cool one. If you prefer a clumping variety try fargesia nitida "fountain Bamboo". Bamboo is evergreen and gives a patio a tropical feel. Flare the bed out on the end and flank the end with a multitrunked Chamaerops Humilis "Mediteranean fan palm". If possible water everything on a netafim drip. The nature of bamboo leaves is that they are also very translucent. Put 5 or 6 uplights at the bottom of the plants and the foliage with glow all the way up through the canopy a beautiful lime green and the reflective light will help illuminate the pool deck as well.
  9. ribbie78

    ribbie78 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 150

    only problem with stones is they HURT on bare feet...if they get out of their bed
  10. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    I would not plant anything in that narrow of an area. A few long planting boxes with annual flowers might work. Or planter boxes with vines and trellises.

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