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Tearing out awful juniper and replacing with low maintenance bed...
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April 14, 2013 in Design Dilemma
My son and daughter-in-law (non-gardeners) have just bought a nice 50's bank-owned ranch in a suburb of Portland, OR. Lots of deferred maintenance issues that they will spend $$ on first. But, with the curb appeal at zero due to overgrown junipers, they do want to tackle pulling them out. Once out, we are looking for suggestions for low maintenance plantings with a contemporary, mid-century flair. As you look straight on at the house from the street, the garage (or east end) gets the most sun while the bedroom (west end) gets more shade due to the neighbor's incredible stand of Doug firs. The house faces north but the planting bed is so far out from the house that there is morning and afternoon sun on most of it. I was thinking some clumping grasses (maybe Karl Foerster since it doesn't require staking), an upright rosemary (Arp - pale gray foliage), some hostas in blue-green foliage at the shadier end and then some creeping phlox or wooly thyme to run over the lava rock that fronts the sloping bed. And probably a Japanese maple ('bout 15' at maturity) at one end or the other. BTW, the brick planter jutting out at far end of walk will be removed and the rhododendrons beyond it pruned back, the remaining brick façade will be painted a darker grey/charcoal, the sinking walkway will be replaced, the turned posts will be replaced with square ones and the roof, when replaced, will include skylights in the overhang to let light into the living room (cheaper than true skylights inside). And that lamppost will either be relocated or replaced. Any thoughts on the landscaping appreciated!