Never thought I would ask

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by chris638, Dec 19, 2007.

  1. chris638

    chris638 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 149

    I recently finished the landscape design, but I started looking at it and there is one part I just think could be better. It is the section in between the circle brick driveway and the sidewalk. It is the third pic where I try to take a closer picture of. I'm thinking about eliminating the grass, planting a boxwood hedge around the inside edge of the brick, 4-5 layers of perennials toward the sidewalk and then wave petunias along the bottom edge. I hate to ask, but I have hit a block and I know I can make it look better. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I would like to keep the two Aristocrats there. Zone 5/6. Just started basing in the drive in between snow and rain. I'll keep pics updated.



  2. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Messages: 3,498

    -How about Maple 'Paper Bark' for the trees? I can't make out what you have there.

    -Make that wave of Coreopsis into Boxwoods.

    -The dip in the center that you see from the road.......fill with Nepeta, Echinacea and Rudbeckia.

    -Replace the (6) Hyrdrangea with Nandina 'Dwarf Harbor' not to hide the bark.

    -Statue in the center

    -Sarcococa groundcover mass.

    **Crap, I just looked at the wrong area.......but ideas none the less I suppose.

    STRINGALATION LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 777

    Nice looking plan view.

    i like tthomass ideas with the barberries in the back and some dwarf boxwoods up front
    i think the nandinas and the barberries is alot of red. maybe the golden euonymous
  4. John Zaprala

    John Zaprala LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    I would say replace barberry altogether for knockout roses. And possibly cutting back on the corepsis and add in another perennial to add another texture/height.
  5. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Messages: 3,498

    I forgot to add something for the Barberry......I hate that plant unless I'm planting in far away.
  6. SouthernYankee

    SouthernYankee LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 789

    How much is that house selling for and how large is it? Just curious
  7. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,260

    I'd change the back yard. Never put a pool in the center of the yard. Just bad design.
  8. proscapesvirginia

    proscapesvirginia LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    Looks like a narrow lot with the pool as far to one side as it can go with nice placement in proximity to the back deck/patio area. The landscaping/hardscaping will probably make it a comfortable extension of outdoor living area. Just my opinion.
  9. chris638

    chris638 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 149

    I believe it is a 3500 sq. ft. ranch with a finished lower level of approximately 2400 sq. ft. The builder that is building it is a family friend and long time customer. It is actually the same blueprint of the house he built for himself 2 years ago. He told me once that he had close to 900K without finishing the basement. Everything about the house is top notch.

    I like the idea of the paper bark maples.

    The pool was nearly a necessity to place it there. The fence is on the property line and I had to leave enough space in between the concrete and the fence to at least put some grasses. Trust me I tried it a hundred different ways. I used a scaled cut out and kept placing it in different areas until I found the right spot for it.
  10. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087

    It looks impressive, but at the same time, to me it looks very busy...
    A lot of contents.... cramped.

    Have you thought of thinning it out some?... Making the plantings a bit more sparse...

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