How do I landscape around this slab of concrete in my front yard?

So we bought this house in North Texas With a strange slab of concrete in front of our house I would really like to just get rid of it but it’s a pretty thick slab And would be pretty expensive to remove right now. So I was wondering If anyone had any bright ideas of the best way to landscape around it and look nice also living in North Texas I need drought tolerant plants preferably low maintenance.

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  • Paul francis adams Paul francis adams on Aug 24, 2018

    Gosh what a wonderful place for some potted Palms, Rock roses or Verbena. Lantana is a very drought tolerant plant and comes in many colors from white yellow purple(my favorite) to popcorn which is a mix of all three colors. Great in the ground around the perimeter of the slab or pots. You can train it into a bush/shrub/hedge or let i go as great ground cover> Attracts bees and hummingbirds:)

  • Wow! Love your house with the awesome 2nd floor balcony / porch! Turn it into an attractive feature focal point. Do you enjoy decorating seasonally or for holidays? If so you can stage attractively. Fall is around the corner, a bale of hay with scarecrows would look darling.

    Or how about a large planter with a small tree in it? Add in a shepherd's hook and some yard art or solar lights.

    A bench and side table with some pretty potted plants? Geraniums would do well, so would gosemary, lavender, vinca plants. Add some yard art and solar lights and it could be so cute!

  • Ana Bacallao Ana Bacallao on Aug 24, 2018

    No sure how far from the street you are but it seems perfect for creating a conversation area with a firepit.

  • Rae Rae on Aug 24, 2018

    Knowing the Texas- maybe a small seating area with an umbrella and lots of heat tolerant plants I know with the heat index you have it may sound strange but you have an ideal area for a fire pit as well!

  • Kc Kc on Aug 24, 2018

    Looks like the perfect spot for a future shady gazebo with a glider bench. Do I see a glider on your porch?

    For right now you can add a focal point with a bird bath placed in the center of the pad. Fill in more of the blank space with planters. Check with your nursery, they can recommend drought tolerant plants for your area. You appear to be in a rural area so deer and bunny resistant plants could be in order.

    You could plant a lavender border around the pad. Its drought and critter proof.

    If there is a water tap nearby, consider setting up drip irrigation on a timer. (You can even keep the bird bath full using a drip system) Ultimate low maintenance.

  • Dee Dee on Dec 21, 2018

    I vote for either a firepit or a gazebo. Maybe even a pergola seating area.

  • Dee Dee on Dec 21, 2018

    I love your house. I would like to see this area a sitting area, either with a firepit, gazebo or pergola

  • Beth Beth on Dec 22, 2018

    I agree with you- it needs to go.

    It will cost a lot more to utilize it than to remove it.

    You can remove it for FREE and get rid of all your tension by wailing on it with a sledge hammer.

    Or you can rent a concrete saw and cut it up into patio stones to reuse.

    The intersection of low cost and speed is to rent a bobcat (under $500) and break it up then move it to where you would like a berm or need some fill.

  • Glenda Moore Glenda Moore on Dec 22, 2018

    Are you sure it’s not covering a septic tank? Looks like you’re out in the country.

  • Paul Paul on Dec 23, 2018

    Build a gazebo over it, with lattice timber sides ( with arches). Plant some climbing roses around it. ?