How can I landscape my front yard?


Get your imagination working! ;-) May be purchasing this beautiful rancher soon and I'm dreaming! What would you put in the 8x6 foot recessed area that backs up to the dining room double window? It is obvious that it doesn't get any rain/little sun. The previous owners planted annuals in this area and unfortunately I do not have much time for a lot of watering/gardening maintenance. I'm a twice a year girl.....spring and fall maintenance! If I do purchase I plan to take out the two evergreens because they are beginning to block access of the walk. One idea is laying pavers and putting a (white or black?) rocking chair and an urn with a fake fern (warmer weather) and winter greenery (cooler weather).What do you think? Any ideas of what to put there? Or just mulch it to help keep weeds down??If you've taken the time to read this far....thank you! :-) Appreciate any ideas.

q need some landscaping ideas
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  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 17, 2018

    A picture would really help us envision what you are referring to. Thanks!

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    • Julie Julie on Nov 17, 2018

      A bird bath would work! Plus a few unusual rock formations. Thanks for the idea!

  • Gk Gk on Nov 17, 2018

    Hostas might be good in this area. They do well with very little sun and since they are perennials you only have to worry about watering them when they need it. Hostas come in many sizes and there is a good variety to choose from. Mulching will help keep the area damp. I really don't have to water my hostas that much--usually only in very hot summer weather.

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    • Julie Julie on Nov 17, 2018

      I love hostas and I thought of them at first! I lived on this road as a child and the deer would eat my mothers hostas to the point she eventually pulled them out. She would get so mad at them! LOL So hosta's won't work.

  • Oliva Oliva on Nov 17, 2018

    Hi, Jcf,

    If you have a water faucet nearby, you could attach a regular hose to a soaker hose buried in the 8x6 area. As concerns sun, some creative gardeners have stategically placed mirrors about their yards to bounce sunlight into the shaded area.

    If you plant items that require only partial shade, this could work for you. Using mulch will protect plants from excessive dehydration. Placing the soaker hoses on a timer will relieve you of this duty. Donlt forget to add fertilizer and epsom salts to this area to protect plants from bugs and improve plant's health and color.

  • Dee Dee on Nov 18, 2018

    Hi There: i am with you about twice a year sprucing up. I get the dark black mulch when Lowes or Home Depot puts it on sale 5 bags for $10. I have brick pavers in front of my bushes to keep the mulch in. Both those stores carry several kinds of brick pavers. Go look and see what you like. Whatever you do--- do not paint the brick pavers. if you want to add color, add a hanging basket by the door. Oh and maybe a nice statue within the bushes.

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