First New House - Need help with front yard Landscaping.
Sandy Chaffin
January 18, 2014 in Design Dilemma
The house is so plain. What can I do to make it look better. I want to add a tree in the front. I thought a fruitless mulberry as it grows quickly. I do not like the plants under the windows. I'm facing the north and it has shade most of the day. I live in Rialto California and it's very hot in the summer and very windy this past month. The flowers I had planted under the palm tree were uprooted and blew away from the wind. I love the look of flax and I need some colors. Any ideas or advice would be appreciated.
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saratogaswizzlestick
Your house is not plain at all, it is charming. I would like a flowering plant up your lamp post like clematis. I think you are on the right track with blooming plants. This house is perfect for a cottage garden. I think a pop of a fun color on your front door would look great and a bigger light by the garage, perhaps a carriage light.
January 18, 2014 at 12:48PM      Thanked by Sandy Chaffin
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Sandy Chaffin
I just ordered clematis from qvc for the light post. Waiting to receive.
January 18, 2014 at 12:50PM   
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saratogaswizzlestick
Wow, that was fast :). What kind of clematis did you get?
January 18, 2014 at 12:53PM   
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mmilos
Since you face North, I wouldn't plant too dense of a shade tree, as a fruitless mulberry is. You need some color. I would plant a large multi-trunked crape myrtle. Dig out a circular bed in your lawn and plant the tree on axis, centered between your two windows...but out far from the house.

Camelias make great foundation plants for north facing walls.
January 18, 2014 at 12:53PM   
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saratogaswizzlestick
I love the camellia idea and crepe mrtyle. Good call mmilos
January 18, 2014 at 12:55PM   
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mmilos
You're welcome!
January 18, 2014 at 12:57PM   
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