What can I do with this blank wall at the front of our house?

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Any ideas for a blank wall at the front of our house? I don’t want a trellis, too hot in the summer. Our style is modern/ contemporary.

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  • Laura Cooper Laura Cooper on Feb 08, 2019

    We had a wall like this on our house several years ago. We put a metal plaque on it for decoration. Ours was a copper lizard, but there are many options in the garden department.

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    • Laura Cooper Laura Cooper on Feb 08, 2019

      I think the idea should be to break up the space rather than fill the space. Just add visual interest. Our plaque was about two feet in diameter..... Maybe 3 feet.

  • Suzanne Tiemstra Suzanne Tiemstra on Feb 08, 2019

    Depends on the climate, amount of sun, rain, etc.

  • JAMES A ROLLI JAMES A ROLLI on Feb 08, 2019

    DRAW A SCENE ON THE BACK WALL AND THE PAINT IT WATER COLOR AND THEN SEAL WITH A CLEAR COAT WITH A SEALER . BUT BEFORE YOU MAKE MAKE SURE ALL OF YOU AGREE ON THE SCENE . WANT MORE IDEAS WRITE ON MY EMAIL ADDRESS AND I'LL GIVE YOU MY HOME ADDRESS TOO ADD THEN SEND ME A PICTURE OF WHAT YOU DID THANKS AND GOOD LUCK jamesarolli1@ optonline.net HOUSE ADDRESS MR JAMES A ROLLI 100 CEDAR RIDGE DRIVE S 108

    CEDAR GROVE, NEW JERSEY 07009 I WOULD MAKE A GARDEN SCENE.

  • C Crow C Crow on Feb 08, 2019

    Don't know your climate, but you mention heat. I love the look of a paloverde tree against a blank wall, lighted at night by a solar spotlight. You might into that.

  • Rymea Rymea on Feb 08, 2019

    i was going to say trellis but if not then how about trees like arborvitaes. Or you could plant a single small flowering tree in the corner which would also shade your window. It's kind of strange that the smaller bushes are in back and the larger ones in front.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Feb 10, 2019

    You have a lovely large window with pretty shutters, but at the present time, it is overshadowed by the scrappy random bushes. The 'busy' look does nothing to enhance the curb appeal of the property. My suggestion is to before you do anything to the wall, first remove all the little bushes. If the area does get very hot with the sun, as you say, and if you do want any real plants, then go with selected one or two large low height succulents. They require far less maintenance to maintain, and are water efficient.


    Or, if you do not have your heart set on live plants, go with a couple of large rocks instead. They are maintenance free year round! Keep the white rock ground cover, as it blends in well with the color of the house, and helps to keep the weeds down.


    Also, I would sink the pathway lights so that they are at ground level. Because they are way too high and not at all discreet, they look like they are out of scale and too top-heavy. You want the eye to be drawn towards the house and front door, not to the black shafts .


    If your budget and HOA permits, I would then suggest that you install a window in the side of the garage to match the other one, with the same shutters. This would instantly create needed symmetry and balance.

  • Linda Abernathy Linda Abernathy on May 29, 2019

    Metal artwork would be nice. As for the comment on dusting the wood art on the wall, simply use a vac hose!

  • Oliva Oliva on May 29, 2019

    Before you plant anything further, evaluate your potential for fungal growth/mildew and mold on your siding. Your stones may increase the heat factor, on the plantings, although humidity and hardbark mulch tend to contribute to artillery fungus on siding.