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We will be tearing out and re-doing the front beds in a few months when we replace our basement windows. I have never been happy with the overall look of the front but especially the R. side (pic The driveway is on that side and we have an additional spot for parking in front of the house (you can see the edge of a truck in the pic.) I feel like there needs to be vertical interest but am at a loss. This area is on the South side and gets the late day sun (starting at around 4 'til sunset). How would you continue or incorporate your idea into the left..I'm anal about symmetry. By the way, Hubs does not like bushes and any tree ideas need to be less than 6ft.

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  • Robin M
    Robin M Boynton Beach, FL
    on Jun 20, 2012

    I would bring out the front stoop and a front porch with trellis on both the right and left sides of the porch. Iwould then plant some wisteria or bouganvelia or jasmine or honeysuckle. As for the beds, I would alternate with yellow and orange flowers to give the garden a pop

  • Dee W
    Dee W Senecaville, OH
    on Jun 20, 2012

    Wow-that is a good idea-we've talked about doing something with the step area.

  • Dee W
    Dee W Senecaville, OH
    on Jun 20, 2012

    Thanks for the answers, but I'm still hoping for more ideas.

  • Becky H
    Becky H Tampa, FL
    on Jun 20, 2012

    Well, gee, I'm no architect, but..............My thought is to add columns to the porch, with a nice railing; run the hand rail down to the bottom of the steps and end that railing about 3' from the bottom step. Then, begin new railing, about 4' away from the house, parallel the back of the house (situated between the truck and porch) and end that railing at the parking spot. You can move your plant bed to the outside of the railing, and flag stone the area/new path between the new railing and house. This would push plants away from the basement windows, give you a nice pathway from the truck, join/unify the porch with the rest of the landscape, and open up the variety of plants you could put the other side of the railing, as they would not interfere with the basement windows.

  • Becky H
    Becky H Tampa, FL
    on Jun 20, 2012

    Okay, after a closer look...........you don't have a porch there do you? You have a landing. Have you considered adding a small deck or something to the back, then doing the railing? Or, perhaps an arbor entrance to the house w/railing continuing across the back as suggested. Either would pull the eye up and unite the back of the house.

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