Asked on May 23, 2020

Landscaping Design/Flow...

ChristinaCourtney |The Kitchen GartenFlipturn


I have at least 6 acres and with a long drive covered by trees however the empty eyesore that im able to pay attention to finally is the yard and lack there of if you will!. . .

Trying to add flow, along with drought tolerant full sun friendly plants to bring LIFE to this bland dry boring landscape ...

Figuring out flow if you will has become a lil mind boggling...

I mean to Accent the corner and go angle to angle or stay against the house leaving the hill as is with green grass? And keep landscaping more of straight lines if that makes sense!?!


The blank canvas,... on the opposite side of the property I recently planted a Princess Kylie Crape myrtle....
10 answers
  • Gk
    on May 23, 2020

    Do you have a good local plant nursery in your area Lindsay? You could take these pictures there and they would give you some good ideas as well as recommend the best plants for your area. I do agree that you should use LOTS more plants--preferable perennials and shrubs. Once you get all the perennials established your yard should be easy to maintain.

  • Mogie
    on May 23, 2020

    Looks like you need something to provide shade. Like GK above said that pictures to a local nursery. Native plants usually do better in their own natural area.

    A fire pit surrounded by pavers and lots of seating would be a nice addition.

    A deck the a outdoor umbrella and table would look good and be practical at the same time.

    Then add color in the form of native plants to your area. Put larger plants in back sort of using a stair step approach.

    If you had a walk way or path leading down from your deck to the lower part of your yard some type of lighting along that walk way would be functional and dress it up too.

    If you put in any vines don't let those climb on the house. Their roots can do a lot of destruction.

  • I agree, I would start at a local nursery. I would start with some shrubs though, large ones along back wall, or a hedge. I would put a large circular bush in the corner and work your way out. Then I would layer flowering perennials in front of the hedge for color. That's where the nursery comes in, recommending what will thrive in that area and choosing things that will layer well and bloom in phases from April to October.

    • Oliva
      on May 26, 2020

      Hi, Lindsay,

      I thought your comment re:shapes and softening angles was very astute. Ovals and round shapes would definitely soften the angular appearance. Triangulation in placement of rounded flowering shrubs is popular, as are curving planting beds over longer distances. If you're seeking shade for your back yard as appears in your initial photo, you could opt for another large tree which will not give you root problems in years to come, or consider installation of a pergola or structure to attach shade sail(s) between it and your home. I envy your blank palette and your expansive property. You are fortunate to have sunny weather, most of the year, in which to accomplish this undertaking!

  • Jan Clark
    on May 23, 2020

    Consider alternating the space with a taller variety of crepe myrtle and then below the windows something like sea green juniper. Once established this pair will almost never need watering and will be able to handle all types of winters. I would not plant either of these too close to the house, though. Leave at least 6 feet distance between the house and where you plant - the juniper will spread near the ground and the myrtles create a canopy. Edge and mulch below them and you'll have a really nice look in just a couple of years. Check out photos for the types and sizes of whatever you choose in order to keep the flow. And purchase varieties that are pest resistant - but be sure to check them in the Spring. Bagworms can overwhelm shrubs in Zone 8. So can scale, borers and even fire ants.

    • Lindsay Dillon
      on May 24, 2020

      Ohh that metal rail... 🙄🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️ not my fav element and if i had built this house I wouldnt have chosen that, but to change as in replace is really expensive and not happening for a while.. but i like your idea and appreciate it very much. I will also look up the tree you mentioned.

      In an area not pictured is a large cedar tree we removed. I am not a fan of cedar and love all the oaks on my property....

      Fire ants here are a major prob and i hate em .. lol but we do keep them at bay!

  • Cheryl A
    on May 23, 2020

    I would have a few landscape companies come out and give me free estimates on what they could do to liven this area up - they know what plants, grasses, etc will grow in your area and if you could put in a pond or water feature. Also you could go to your local nursery and take photos and ask for help because they know what grows best with sun and wind and other conditions

  • Krafty Mrs.K
    on May 23, 2020

    One way to plan your beds is to get a long garden hose to lay out possible shapes. Take pictures of several options to choose your best options. Talk to neighbors with yards you admire and the local nurseries to get ideas of what grow well in your area. Neighbors will share those super hardy perennials usually. Make sure you don't build up the beds close to the foundation where they could let water or worse yet Termites get into those Weep holes in the brick. Also plan for the full size of trees and bushes you plant. We are hacking back huge trees that some previous owner planted as cute little shrubs. You have lots of possibilities, map out a plan that you can do in stages.

    • Lindsay Dillon
      on May 24, 2020

      Amazing awesome points, i completely agree plus rainfall from the roof and would need to most definitely bring ANYYY landscaping forward away from foundation.

  • Flipturn
    on May 23, 2020

    With a blank canvas of this large, I would recommend that you consult a landscaping company regarding designing a master plan for the whole yard.

    Due to the size of the area, you are going to need not only plants, but some solid structures made from brick, metal, wood, etc. just to balance the 'weight' of the house.

    Spend time thinking about how you want to use the space, not only now but in future years as well. For example, outdoor activities such as vegetable gardening, flower growing, group games, shady area for relaxing, pet area, barbecue patio, etc. Are you wanting especially lower maintenance components, or do you enjoy digging in and getting your hands dirty working outside on a regular basis?

    Sure you can purchase individual plants, but IMO the outcome is going to be just a scattering of plants and a piece-meal effect. It will never look cohesive or finished, and you will continually be chasing your tail trying to plant and replant various small pieces of greenery. It will not be money or time well spent.

    With a plan designed to be carried out over several years, you will be able to establish particular areas all along, and continually see progress while working toward a final goal of achieving a beautiful professionally landscaped yard.

    • Lindsay Dillon
      on May 26, 2020

      We actually are about to open it, wasnt ready for Memorial Day as our kids are still finishing school and work etc lol but yes in this Texas heat uts a blessing!! Prayers you get to enjoy some pool time soon!

  • You can also check out several Youtube channels with ideas, like Garden Answer. Good luck!

  • Christina
    37 minutes ago

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