Acidic, sandy, shady, zone 3 front yard ideas!
mrsolchowski
July 2, 2014
We just bought a new house with absolutely no flower beds and due to my restrictive conditions I feel I need some help with plant and design suggestions.
What we have to deal with is: Row of spruce trees between driveway and road, enough soil in front that some weeds grow. I'm thinking some sedum, hostas and maybe ferns there (I'll add picture). To right of driveway and beautiful tree I love. At right of property a fragrant abelia hedge (which I like), then a weeping birch (which I'm not willing to get rid of unless necessary). At the back in front of widows are cedars. Against the house between sidewalk is rock. I was thinking of trying to find soil and putting in a couple bleeding hearts. I can't put a raised garden here because of basement window.
Thank you for any suggestions about plants, design or materials.
I will add some more pictures.
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Curt D'Onofrio
That edging around the tree i would like it to be replaced with something like this http://www.pinterest.com/pin/68117013088747154/ But keep in mind that hostas and annuals die out in the winter time...hostas come back though after winter
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MarleneM
Would like to see the extra pics. I'm in zone 3 also, and you're right Curt, were used to it all dying in winter ;)
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mrsolchowski
Here are the photos I promised. Thanks for all your help!
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MarleneM
Here is a short article of what to plant under spruce trees. http://www.sherwoodparknews.com/2013/07/25/the-spruce-dead-zone
Agree with Curt that some hostas and flowers around that flowering tree, and love the weeping birch. What are the shrubs under the windows? They could be trimmed. Bleeding hearts would be nice under front window as they wouldn't grow tall enough to block window and would add colour. Although it's something you didn't mention, I think widening and changing the sidewalk, adding some curve to it, would add so much curb appeal to your house, and painting the front door a blue/green colour would go nicely with the brown.

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