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Last reply on Nov 29, 2015

Does anyone have any insight to landscaping?

Last reply on Nov 29, 2015

We are just about finished installing a recycled brick patio and path under our grape arbor/gazebo. I've only landscaped small easy areas and this area has me nervous. I want it to be beautiful and practical. Any ideas? Should I do this myself or hire out? Any idea on an estimate or how a landscape designer or contractor charges in addition to materials? By the hour? By size? Can you tell by looking at the size if it's going to be thousands of dollars or something more affordable? There is a few feet on either side of the path as well as on the outer edge of each side of the grape arbor. Do I do mulch or stones or plants? It's mostly shaded and we're in western PA. In the fall, I'll have to blow leaves from an oak tree out of area as well as falling grapes/leaves. With my inexperience, I don't want to waste money. Any advice is appreciated!

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  • Kate Colvin
    Kate Colvin Centralia, WA
    on Aug 29, 2013

    you can mulch and grow plants. you said it was shady by your gazebo and arbor? stick with shade plants like impatiens, hosta and some ferns

  • Jan C
    Jan C Duluth, GA
    on Aug 29, 2013

    It looks shaded so I'd do Variegated Hostas, maybe all different combinations to lighten it up, would be low to the ground, and maintenance free.

  • Barb Rosen
    Barb Rosen Wilmington, DE
    on Aug 30, 2013

    A variety of hardy ferns (such as Japanese painted fern and Lady Fern),heucheras, Lady's Mantle, hostas large and small with different leaf color and texture, Hakone grass and/or variegated liriope, Lily of the Valley, , clematis "Montana rubens" to climb and hydrangeas if you have enough light are my suggestions. I would also plant a lot of tete a tete daffodils, "Thalia" narcissus, muscari, crocus and perennializing tulips around and at the base of the hostas and ferns. They will come up and bloom while your perennials are emerging in the spring and then the foliage will cover them. Have fun, I'll look forward to seeing your updates : )

  • Ellen K
    Ellen K Felton, CA
    on Aug 30, 2013

    It depends on the amount of maintanence you want to do. You will have need to consider shade loving plants in the summer and winter exposure when the vine goes dormant. I suggest you vary the plantings with an evergreen (low maintanence), bulbs for early spring and returning perenniels. Good luck!

  • DeMarie I
    DeMarie I Benkelman, NE
    on Aug 30, 2013

    Hostas are always great for shady areas and are fairly low maintenance. If you plant a lot of them they will really make a very showy area. The pathway is gorgeous and I would keep things simple around it. Mulch with natural looking mulch. You have a great start. I would do it myself if you're physically able, as it is always so satisfying to look out on your own handiwork. Good luck.

  • Jenny
    Jenny Hayward, CA
    on Aug 31, 2013

    have you walked around your neighborhood to see what others have planted and how it was done? might give you some ideas. what you have done looks great!!

  • Angie W
    Angie W Columbus, OH
    on Aug 31, 2013

    Hi hon....Beautiful walkway....As for the landscaping...do it yourself.....Sometimes we will surprise ourselves with what we can come up with....Don't try to do it all at one time....Give yourself some time....I would go with what you like...Just make sure the lighting is right for the plants you pick....and colors??..Go with what you like......Good Luck !!! Post pictures periodically for us to see....:)

  • Jean DeSavage
    Jean DeSavage Kalamazoo, MI
    on Sep 1, 2013

    Some gardening centers will give you free help picking out what would work well for you. If you could take pictures in with you and a, to scale, drawing on graph paper, it would help them figure out how many of each plant type you would need to fill your area. There are quite a few different types of heuchera/coral belles that would work well on the inside area. They like either full sun or shade, there are many different colors of foliage, they stay somewhat low, and even when they're not blooming the foliage colors make a great statement. I have some that are caramel, purple, lime green with dark red striations, mid-green, dark green leaves. These can give you as much color as you want, are reasonable, perennials, and addicting! I already had six different ones in my garden and I just bought four more today! I agree that a taller plant would be better on the outside area, but I would not pick something that needs to be dead-headed a lot. For me, the key to enjoying my garden is not having to constantly be working to keep it looking great. Low maintenance is the key!

  • Susie
    Susie Rochester, PA
    on Sep 17, 2014

    Beautiful area. Stay away from flowers & plants that attract bees next to walkway. If it's shaded most of the day, use hostas & ferns. Boxwood can make a small hedge by the walkway, and then add colorful taller flowers as a 2nd or 3rd layer out from the walkway. I am by cranberry twp, and have some plants I need to divide, if you would like some starters

  • Rosanne
    Rosanne Atlanta, GA
    on Nov 29, 2015

    azaleas can take shade and some can purple mondo grass.

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