Starting over on our landscaping in front of the house.

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There is still a lot of vines and root like things in the ground. I would like to find an app or something to help me create a lay out for the new plants/shrubs which I’m not sure what to buy. I am looking for simple but colorful And little maintenance.
q starting over on our landscaping in front of the house
q starting over on our landscaping in front of the house
q starting over on our landscaping in front of the house
q starting over on our landscaping in front of the house
q starting over on our landscaping in front of the house
q starting over on our landscaping in front of the house
q starting over on our landscaping in front of the house
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  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 01, 2018
    If you call in a landscape designer, they should make up a plan for you showing plants and give you all the information you are looking for, so you can do it yourself......
  • Bijous Bijous on Feb 01, 2018
    You have a lovely home. Before you begin, there are several things you need to think about:
    1. Budget
    2. Formal or casual
    3. Natives or exotics
    4. Color theme
    5. Bloomers or texture or a combination of both
    6. Any hardscapes you want to use (rocks, fountains, etc.)
    7. Phase planting or all at once
    8. Contact your local agricultural extension service for perfect plants for your area.
    9. Look at the local nursery -not big box store- for plants.
    10. And consider having a professional landscape design done. You can have the design done separately from installation.
    Good luck!
  • 2dogal 2dogal on Feb 01, 2018
    Visit your County Agricultural Extension Office. They are so helpful. They have lots of handouts. That's all they do - help people with their growing questions locally.
  • Pascale Nguyen Pascale Nguyen on Feb 01, 2018
    I did that with our garden. Did research on line and landscaping books. I visited the local nurseries to get ideas colors. Wrote down everything I liked and drew a plan. You can look up plans on better homes and gardens. I recommend buying native plants. Good luck
  • Christierei Christierei on Feb 01, 2018
    You have a lovely home and lots of room to garden. I hope you grow to like gardening. Here are my thoughts.
    1) Paint those white down spouts to blend in with the brick color ! Use contrasting colors to highlight things that are beautiful, not down spouts.
    2) Move your house numbers to the front of the garage.
    Photo One: Remove bushy shrubs from in front of long window. Plant matching verticals on either side of the long window. Some sort of cypress or arborvitae.
    Photo 2 and 3 : The large shrubs were removed ?
    Photo 4: Keep the little shrubs on the right and left of the front door for symmetery. Lose the hanging plant hook. In it's place find a small patio tree. Maybe a Japanese Maple ? You don't want it to grow big. Full height should be the same height as the roof line. Variegated plants will look great with your brick. I'd also place a trellis between the two windows on the garage wall. Would love to see two large pots in a bright color flanking the front door.
    Photo 5: The second window to the left needs a shrub or two under the window. Variegated eunonymous would be cool. Or, you could replant the shrubs blocking the long windows. I would plant a few "ground cover roses" towards the front of the flower bed. This will match the roses by the garage. Also, a great place for a bird bath. Fill in with Joe Pye weed near the house, echinacea and iris toward the middle with the bird bath.
    Photo Six: A lot of those stick vine things in the soil could be groundcovers that will flush out and bloom. Consider adding more rocks. I see one rock near the front with the hostas. In the flower bed near the garage, dig in a lot of compost and plant an herb garden !
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    • Christierei Christierei on Feb 02, 2018
      I think I would start with improving the soil by either laying down some compost and/or putting a layer of shredded paper and then wet cardboard. The wet cardboard encourages worms to aerate the soil and helps cut down on weeds. You can do just a little at a time. Every week you could buy and spread one bag of compost. : )

      If you leave the bushes, I would consider pruning back the one in the center or transplanting it. Then plant something to the left. Maybe a small tree or a bush like a lilac ? You don't want it to grow taller then the copper window frame. Or, some sort of tuetuor? ( The traditional tall wooden structures that are used for vines or roses . They have a square or triangle base and get narrower at the top.)
      For annuals ... I would keep annuals in two pots near the front door, by the rock/ hostas, and somewhere near the garage ... but not directly across from the rock / hostas. Dig in some compost so that you have good soil. This will make it easy to plant / replant every couple of months.
      A few plant ideas .... I'm not sure what part of the country you are in but see if any of these are easy for your area. These are my favorite "no fuss" plants. Daylillies for summer bloom. Nandinia ( called hardy bamboo or false bamboo ) Love that. No fertilizer, no pests, cool color leaves and winter berries. For something that gets big, for the center of garden try Red Twig dogwood with Bergenias. So pretty with the brick in winter. You would have a big bush of red sticks, some shrubs with red berries, and bergenia for interesting leaves and an early bloom. Try and think what it will look like in winter too. So many things die back or lose their leaves.
      Lawn: Do you do your own lawn ? The circle under the tree could be much bigger. It can be the size of the tree canopy in summer. This would give you less lawn to deal with. Replace with a bed of mulch and /or ground covers. It is almost impossible to get a great lawn directly under a tree . Why fight it ? : )
      One last thing to consider for the bed to the right of the walkway ... Do you see how the bed curves ? Repeat that curve in the flower bed so that it makes the other part of the circle. The flower bed makes a bit of a semi circle. Plant rocks / perennials in the inverse so that it makes a big of a circle. Bird bath in center.
      Well probably anyone reading this thinks that I am off my rocker, but this is so much fun. I can see it all in my head! Feel free to post again for other plant choices or what ever. : )
  • Sue Kucinski Sue Kucinski on Feb 01, 2018
    Thanks everyone for your answers. I will Contact the county agriculture extension office