Landscape Design forum: Please help with my landscaping

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Pip9374
May 29, 2017 7:09 PM CST
We just bought this home on a lake from my grandparents who have neglected the landscaping for the past 10 years or so due to their health. It is a uniquely shaped home that needs something more!

We are toying with the idea of defining the space around the fire pit with a 12'x12' square of rock and railroad ties. I also feel like something needs to go in the open space between the walls of the house.

Please ignore the multicolored home..we are in the process of painting. Thanks for all suggestions!
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Name: Connie
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conniepr27
May 29, 2017 7:24 PM CST
I'm thinking something low maintenance. How about a fern garden in the space between the two walls? Fill the whole space with ferns and hostas and stuff that would look natural and woodsy? Or does that side of the house get a lot of sun during the day?

Pip9374
May 29, 2017 7:30 PM CST
Thanks for the reply! I love hostas and have them on the other side of the house. Unfortunatley, this side of the house gets a ton of hot sun. We usually can't even sit there on the front deck.

I love your low maintenance train of thought Big Grin
Name: Amanda
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pepper23
May 29, 2017 7:56 PM CST
Look at native plants that like sun for the low maintenance plan in that spot. As for the deck, maybe eventually add a pergola for dappled shade which then you could grow some roses on there or some other vine which would provide even more shade.

The house has a nice whimsical look to it I definitely think using a lot of native plants there in the front would really contribute to it's unique look.
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
May 29, 2017 8:18 PM CST
Welcome to NGA! It looks like you have a beautiful location! You will get it all fixed up and gorgeous. Definitely try for low maintenance in your design. That way you'll have more time to just sit and enjoy it all.
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Name: Connie
Edmonton, Alberta area (Canada (Zone 3a)
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conniepr27
May 30, 2017 7:15 AM CST
What about shrubs in the corner between the two walls? Double flowering plum, smoke plant, and what about a climbing rose?

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