After fighting with out of control trees and weeds for nearly three years, some kind help from a neighbor and a stumptastrophie — the most out of control part of our yard is now a blank slate (well almost — I’m still raking up pinecones and other pine tree debris). Now it is time to figure out the master plan to make this side of the yard a little more presentable — preferably before the weeds try to take over again. Oh the joys of living on a corner — it is like having two front yards!
The space I have to work with is about 45 feet by 45 feet — a pretty large space. With our soon to begin master bath remodel (yes, that project is still a go — countdown to demo is about a month!) we don’t want to drop a ton of cash on the yard this year. It would be nice to make a plan that we can work on a little every year.
I came up with the rough idea above — something that is not just lawn — since adorable husband Jim hates to mow and we already have tons of grass for him to take care of. The area around the remaining large pine tree it pretty shady so I’ll have to take that into consideration when selecting plants. I’d also like to plant some lowish shrubs that would restore some of the feeling of privacy around our tiki room and also give us something pretty to look at when we are longing in there — the pink ovals would be some sort of shade loving flower.
In the middle of the yard, the large brown oval is a raised bed with a smallish decorative tree placed in the middle (maybe a Japanese maple?). My Mom (who loves to garden) suggested getting some knock out roses — which I like and would do well in this spot since it gets full sun through out the day. I’m also interested in some decorative grasses and other plants to fill the space. The easier the care, the better since I have so much yard work to do around here.
I also thought about using some patio pavers to even out the driveway and add a decorative strip (the brown area). This doesn’t have to be done right away, but I think it would look very nice.
What do you think I should do with this side of the yard? I am completely open to suggestions of how to fill this large space!