Thursday, March 26, 2009

Landscaping Project Step One

We have a huge landscaping project that we will be working on throughout the summer that involves many different steps, stages, and phases.  The overall project is to complete landscaping around the deck and patio, build a water pond, redo the front landscaping and possibly put in new landscaping trim (this one might wait for another summer season).

The first step of the landscaping project was started last weekend.  I moved a majority of the plants in the front of the house to the back and planted them around the deck (8 plants total).  When our home builder created our front landscaping, they put in a lot of plants, but they put them in wherever they felt like it (smaller ones in the back, hidden by larger plants in the front) as well as some plants that I don't find to be all that exciting to look at (mound spirea anyone?).  So instead of wasting these plants, I moved them to the backyard where they will look great around the deck.

As you cannot tell in the picture (everything is still brown!) there are two barberry plants and four spirea (two different kinds), as well as a dwarf ornamental (maiden?) grass.

On this side of the octagon there is another dwarf ornamental grass, some sort of shrub that gets really big and leafy if you don't keep it trimmed and an evergreen ground cover.

So, the next step will probably be to dig the hole for the water pond.  We may decide to put a pergola up over the water feature so we will have to dig post holes for that too.

Oh, and here is a pic of the barren front landscaping.

I will be moving all the plants that are currently there right now into new locations (still in the front), except for the tree, which will be moved to the back near the water feature.  Does anyone have any opinions on an easy shrub that would look good (also slightly taller than) the holly bushes seen in the pic?  Maybe dogwood?  I had originally thought to use more burning bush (don't laugh) but I don't really like what they look like when they get really big.  Right now I have one that I am going to keep small (the plant right in the front) and I will probably put in a second, but they will go in front of the holly bushes.  Anyways, any opinions would be great.  I probably won't plant anything for another couple of weeks.


  1. Wow - that's a lot of work, and it's going to look great when it blooms.

    As for the front, have you considered a Japanese maple? They have such a lovely color and delicate, yet bold look. I don't know how big they get - I assume they can stay smaller if pruned?

  2. I really like the burning bush. They look so good in the fall when the leaves turn all red. Let me know when you are going to do this...I would love to come and help (and learn)! I also like the tall grass like Miscanthus Morning Light for the front.

  3. P.S. Now I know Brian's license plate! Let the stalking begin!!!

  4. I love Japanese Maples, I was just thinking about putting one next to the water feature.

  5. Thanks for all the input! I definitely do like Japanese Maples too. Brian doesn't like the idea of having anything block the front windows (hence why we are moving the tree) so we will be going with shorter plants. Heather, I think that grass is the one I moved to the back! Good find! I like those too, I may get another one for the front- they're low maintenance which is what I strive for.

  6. Courtney - I was really serious about helping when you decide to do the digging and re-planting of your yard plants! Seriously let me know so I can come help!

  7. Thanks Heather! I will let you know when I've got all the plants bought and ready to go. It'll probably be another few weeks or so, just in case we get any more of this crazy ass weather! I know Brian may need some help from Chris digging a hole for the water feature...

  8. Awesome! Sounds like another great weekend in the Northland in the makings!