A month or so ago, I published this photo of the landscaping plan for our house:
After meeting with an super cool lady with a background in Horticulture, I was reminded that we can’t change the grade of the back yard of our house (changing the drainage could be disastrous to our house and our neighbors). Some modification would need to be made. Instead of having beds flush with the ground, we need to have some raised beds. Perhaps something like this:
Surely I have a foot or two for these.
Well, since my yard is not the size of a botanic garden somewhere, my current task is editing. What do I like the best, what will work best in our climate, sun exposure and soil. Thankfully, I still have some expert advice available.
The next thing I tackled was an actual drawing of our property, where the hardscape is going, where to place the raised beds, how to incorporate the look of the front yard with the back yard.
Here is the plan so far:
WordPress is not letting me make this photo large enough for you to see detail. In the front there is a curvy retaining wall that will go all the way through our side yard. We have 4 ornamental grass plants that are thriving so we are working with them. We have a lower half-circle bed that will be planted seasonally with something colorful. The side yard (also our dog run) will be have planter boxes full of dog friendly plants. The back yard is bordered by upright juniper bushes/trees. Again, they are thriving, so they are staying. The planter boxes in this area of the yard will be divided into 2 filled with perennials, 2 filled with annuals and 2 used as a small garden.
This week we are focusing on the front yard and just had our sprinkler system upgraded today – yippee! Hopefully I will have something photo-worthy by the end of the week.
It is a great week for me as a design-nerd and as a social butterfly. I’ll be back tomorrow to share some of the awesomeness.