Need help with landscape tiers
March 16, 2013 in Design Dilemma
I am in northern Ca and need help designing these tiers. We need some height and color.
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Maybe for the area to the right of pool some ' clumping' bamboo? Very pretty, hearty and will provide some privacy. The clumping varieties will not overtake the planters. They do shed a little bit, so not great right at the pool.
March 16, 2013 at 9:19pm     
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Try using thuja fastigiata, arborvitae as a hedge. Plant a row of them a few feet apart on the upper tier, then use colorful perennials and evergreen groundcovers on the lower tier to create a layered effect. Good luck!
March 16, 2013 at 11:39pm     
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Here is the other half of the yard. Same idea as on the right side?
March 17, 2013 at 10:43am   
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I am a bamboo freak, so I would go for differing types of clumping (pachymorph) bamboos. I would plant them along your back wall. They have movement, colour and they sway with the wind. Planting different varieties and then stripping the lower leaves shows a beautiful array of stems.
HOWEVER, in some parts of the US they are considered invasive - and if you don't weed out the old bamboo stems on an annual basis even a clumping bamboo will find a way into your neighbour's yard. Also they shed leaves... and in your will go crazy.
March 17, 2013 at 12:02pm   
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I would use short flowing ornamental grass for the lower level and fountain grass for the upper. Did you plant the tree on the end? I would move it further away from the pool.
March 17, 2013 at 12:29pm   
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Yes we replanted the tree there. We moved it when the pool was built. I don't think we are going to move it again
March 17, 2013 at 12:34pm   
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Also we had fountain grass and found it to be very messy and didn't live through the winter.
March 17, 2013 at 12:35pm   
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Another good one is juniper torulosa, grows upright and semi-twisted for height & interest. Just a recommendation, I would stay away from bamboo unless you are installing a strong root barrier to contain. You could place a few more rock boulders along the edges of the current grouping to blend the side planting bed together as a continuous flow, maybe add a few random clusters within the planting areas as well. I know ceanothus (California Lilac) grows fantastic in N. CA, so you could try that as a shrub with beautiful blue flowers in spring, although said to be short lived (+/- 10 years). The plant selection really comes down to your tastes. Go to the garden section at lowes, home depot, or wal-mart and see what you like. Hope this helps.
March 17, 2013 at 7:14pm   
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We have a green acres right down the street. My only problem is choosing just a few plants! Thanks for the tips!
March 17, 2013 at 8:31pm   
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