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Landscaping Ideas for Zone 6a

there is a crimson king maple in the front and will shade the right side of the house some. the drive that lead into the portaco doesn't have anything to obstruct the morning sun. The front of the house faces east. drive is south so might get some afternoon sun on the right side of the house then. I posted a pic before but this might give everyone a better idea of what I am working with.
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  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on May 15, 2013

    I'm not entirely sure what your question is, Rindy. Are you looking to provide more shade in your front yard? I don't see the maple in your photo, but that tree will get 35-40 feet high and 25-35 feet wide, so you want to keep that in mind when planting anything else.

  • Rindy Bergbower
    Rindy Bergbower Marion, IL
    on May 15, 2013

    actually I was needing ideas as what to plant in front of the house. I was thinking that brick wall needed to be covered up but not obstruct the view and the entry onto the porch needed to be more inviting.

  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on May 15, 2013

    I would expand the planting bed and make it less of a straight line. You could plant taller plants at the sides where the brick columns are. The University of Illinois has some good ideas for foundation plants here: http://urbanext.illinois.edu/ShrubSelector/sort.cfm?fn=Use&subfn=18

  • Kimberly Barney
    Kimberly Barney Clarksville, TN
    on May 15, 2013

    I see what you mean about the entry being somewhat hidden. I think I would change the color of the step so that it did not blend into the brick like it currently does and maybe add a decorative welcome sign to the left side of the entry or a small flag. You could also either place a mat or paint a mat by the entry. This would draw attention to the entry. As for the garden, as I had stated in your previous post, I would use an irregular shape for the garden (i.e. use your garden hose to make a curvy garden bed instead of the current straight one). Thank you for providing the zone. I would add a border and a base of evergreen bushes (at least three evening placed across the rear of the garden). I suggest these for the shaded area: Brunerra (live longer than hosta but with same affect), Hosta (comes in various colors and sizes), Coral Bells (various colors and year round color from foilage). I suggest these for the sunny or partial shade area: Stella De Ora Lillies, Variegated Lithrope, Coneflowers. I would place a bench or swing under the tree. I love the large screened in porch. Depending on your desire to garden, you may also wish to include the tree in the irregular garden bed.

  • Margaret K
    Margaret K Acworth, GA
    on May 16, 2013

    I agree about expanding the planting area - it does not need to be a straight line. You can vary the type of plants more easily not using a straight line approach. Also at the entry door area use smaller plants, a decrative item of some type (maybe a "Welcome" sign or flag). Use plants that work well for your area and that will not over grow the area. Maybe you could extend the walking area next to the driveway with steping stones or other media or add another planting area - depending on what you need. If you have a mail box on the street, you could also have colorful plants in that space as well.

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