Back Yard Shade GardenTraditional Landscape, Santa Barbara
lynnlandscapedesign.com - Back yard shade garden using classic garden favorites, including Hydrangea, Heliotrope and Ajuga. A path from the pergola leads to a tennis court behind the trees. Working with the arborist employed to maintain the oaks on the 4 acre property, care was taken to plant and irrigate in such a way as to protect the mature trees.
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Trim your trees. Lindsay points out that broken tree limbs should be addressed for everyone’s safety, but especially a pet’s. “The only time you really notice it is when the tree’s still bare, and you know, summer comes along and all the foliage grows in and you can’t even see it anymore, but now it’s heavier, and it’s going to fall,” she says. “It probably is going to miss everybody, but the dog is in the backyard more than you are.”
As part of assessing conditions, consider what you already have and what you you might want to remove. On our current property, there is an 8- by 80-foot bed that runs the length of one our yards and borders the woods. The previous homeowner installed a post and rail fence but planted nothing taller than 12 inches. Years ago a friend helped me dig everything out and replant it with a variety of shrubs and perennials. It was beautiful, but I'm in the process of taking it all out. Our gardens have changed. I already have so much to maintain, and such a large bed at the edge of our property isn't a priority. We removed the fence, and I'm in the process of removing the plants. Many I'll be able to reuse, but some I'll be offering to friends, which is why you should:
Timelessness. What makes this border abundant? For one thing, no soil is exposed, thanks to mature plantings and a well-defined canopy and understory. I love the balance between each planting layer, from the ancient live oak trees overhead to the plump hydrangeas, to the heliotropes and ajuga that knit everything together. Several of the abundant design concepts I admire appear in this scene, including a sense of timelessness. The pergola is partially obscured by a healthy wisteria, which has entwined itself around the posts and beams. Imagine being seated there, away and unplugged — thoroughly embedded in this garden.