what to do?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by teejet, May 27, 2006.

  1. teejet

    teejet LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 232

    Will you please give some suggestions on how to improve this landscaping?
    Maybe some color? I did the retaining wall last year. It looks alot better than it did. I took out an old landscape timber retaining wall that was there before.





  2. ozd12005

    ozd12005 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 342

    Trimming the bush's would be a good start, add caps on the wall for a nice finished look
  3. Dstosh

    Dstosh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 716

    You hit the nail right on the head, COLOR. I would add some perennials. I would take out some of the taxus, and add some colorful shrubs. Try Gold Thread False Cypress or Emerald and gold euyonmus just for a few ideas, I know they arent too creative, but anything is better than a wall of taxus. Your pictures also leave something to be desired. try to take some better ones.
  4. jameson

    jameson LawnSite Fanatic
    from PNW
    Messages: 7,472

    On your first slide, w/the brick wall, it needs to be softened. I would espalier some plant material against the wall. Try using (depending upon exposure):

    1. Camellia Sasanqua.
    2. Piracantha.
    3. Choice of fruit trees.

    You may even try using Italian cypresses on either side of the establisments name, 3 on each side.

    As others have rightly posted try adding some color, those yews will really be a great foil to work off of. Try:

    1. Berberis thun. (assorted var. to choose from)
    Try using the red and gold foliage together.
    2. Senecio greyii,
    3. Acers - Coral bark maples, Bloodgood, etc.. (left of front door?)
    4. Eunoymus (as previoulsy pointed out)
    5. Annuals - changed seasonally, small beds carved out on either side of breezeway. Follow a pattern, no mishmash. Do not plant them pell-mell in every bed. Keep them confined.

    You choices are endless. Best rule of thumb is to KEEP IT SIMPLE.
  5. Fowen22

    Fowen22 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    Needs some palm trees

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