What is this plant? My husband attended a banquet today and these were used for the decoration. Apparently the sponsors didn't want them back because he came home with 3 of them. I love the color and lushness. Is it Kalanchoe?
I have a shaded backyard that up until last year was completely wooded. We had a few trees hit by lightening so we had them cut down and the guys thinned it out a lot. Before the trees
were cut you could barely see the fence. It's still too much shade for much grass so now weeds and brush have filled in where trees once were and it's an eyesore. I have no idea what to do with it. The shade, the slope and my 2 large dogs makes my yard a good challenge for a landscaper but that's probably not something we can do for at least 1-2 years. So my questions are:
1) What can we do in the meantime to at least make it pleasant to sit out on the patio?
2) How much should one spend on pro landscaping in comparison to the value of the home? I view home improvements as something for my personal enjoyment and not as an investment. However I wouldn't want to waste too much money on inappropriate landscaping for the area?
3) I want to get some quotes now so I can have a goal to save for this project. I have no idea if I should be looking at $2000 or $20,000. But I don't want to waste anyone's time since I can't start soon. When is a good time to contact companies for estimates?
Commented on Mar 27, 2012
All great ideas - lots of wild and domestic shade plants would naturalize very well in that
area. I made a nature walk path through my woodland with pinned down landscape fabric with rocks and filled in the path with cedar chips. Then along path I added in some more top soil here and there and planted white and light colored impatients to give me a splash and color as I stroll the pathway. Bleeding hearts also add nice color in the spring and lovey greenery during the summer.