Front landscape needs refreshing
Rachael
June 18, 2013 in Design Dilemma
I don't like pruning the tall shrubs, but I don't know what else to put there. Also, the entire front is blah looking. Suggestions, please.
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fscarlett
How about some shade loving annuals to bring in some color now while you research shade perennials to plant either now or in the fall? Some ground cover like ajuga or sweet woodruff would add color in the spring and eliminate the need for weeding. A variety of hostas, astilbe, bleeding heart, jacob's ladder work well in shade. You didn't say your zone.
June 18, 2013 at 7:04pm     
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Ginkgo Leaf Studio
Rachael, I agree that knowing where you live would help with plant suggestions. Also which direction does this side of your house face and how much, if any, sun does it get?
June 18, 2013 at 7:09pm     
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Margo
I would take out (relocate) all the bushes by the front door, add porch rails and stain the concrete.
June 18, 2013 at 7:14pm     
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Judith Taylor Designs
I would like to see you fill in with some perennials in front of those leggy tall shrubs. It looks too thin there and will appear more lush. I don't know your climate but would rhododendrons work for your site? The look would be classic.
June 18, 2013 at 7:14pm     
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Rachael
I'm in the mixed-humid zone. I'm northern Georgia.
June 18, 2013 at 7:33pm   
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Rachael
My house faces the North. It gets sun in the late afternoon.
June 18, 2013 at 7:35pm   
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lefty47
HI -- Take out all the foliage that is up and over the windows . Leave the tall tree .Check with your local garden center for perennials that will stay below the windows and fill in some spaces with annuals . Add some wrought iron rails to the stairs .You need a decorative pediment over the front door with some pilaster side trim on each side of the entrance . Also the front windows would look better with some molding headers . And some larger hanging wrought iron lantern light fixtures on each side of the entrance . Put in some landscape lighting and an up light for the big tree . I think this will make the house the best one on the block !
June 18, 2013 at 7:52pm     
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mcbriec
Shrubs should be removed since they simply cover up the architecture of your home. I would not waste time trying to relocate them as the time and effort are not worth the result of stressed, slow-to-recover plants.

Late afternoon sun areas are a garden designer's worst nightmare as there is not enough sun for full sun plants and part shade plants hate the heat from late afternoon sun. I would strongly recommend a professional to assist you in plant choices for your climate and in that sun situation.

The steps would be much more charming with railings and shrubs to cover the sides of the steps.
June 18, 2013 at 7:58pm     
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kathleen MK
We had our windows covered by over grown yaupon hollies like that and ripped them out with great effort. Then I replaced them with lower growing azaleas. The Encore everblooming ones bloom fall and spring. They work in my north facing Texas yard so they will do in Georgia too. You can add bulbs to bloom in early spring before the trees are fully leafed out.
June 18, 2013 at 8:07pm     
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Margo
If you decide not to relocate them in your yard, you could offer them free on Craigslist, the recipient could remove them. You- free labor, them- free plants. Some ot the best growing plants in my yard were stressed, slow -to- recover found on Craigslist. My home is a refuge for unwanted perenials lol
June 18, 2013 at 8:07pm   
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mcbriec
Hey Margo. Love your recycling ethic! Perennials are much better bets for recycling than shrubs which typically languish in large and ugly splendor for oodles of time. I rescue tons of animals but am a total plant Nazi!
June 18, 2013 at 8:44pm     
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indoorimages
Hello
Put some new self watering modern planters.
June 20, 2013 at 10:51am   
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Schultz Ornamental Iron
A nice iron railing would defiantly dress up the front steps. We make custom railings with any design you want inside it. Also all our railings are powder coated. Powder coat not only lasts a lot longer before rusting, but it also gives you any color to pick from. Just a tip for you. Hope it helps. You can get some ideas maybe off our page if you want to check it out. Or feel free to ask any questions
June 23, 2013 at 9:04am   
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Red Berm
I would suggest adding a water feature to the front to add some interest and remove the straight line of the planter. It would be a more graceful transition if the planter started at the corner of the walk and arced around the house.
June 23, 2013 at 5:45pm   
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