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    Landscaping help

    It's about that time of the year when I get an itch to add more to my landscaping plan. Any suggestions about what I should put in this area? Keep in mind that I just put rock in this area last fall and didn't have much time to plant anything. The plant by the water meter is now a lot taller and completely covers it.







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    Re: Landscaping help

    This is on the east side of the house.



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    Re: Landscaping help

    that hosta should cover most of the area in a few years.... it will look very nice.


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    Re: Landscaping help

    Get some heigth or at least different levels in there. Being the east side of the house you'll get plenty of morning light which leaves you pretty open to a wide array of plants you could select from.



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    Re: Landscaping help

    Quote Originally Posted by keepngoal View Post
    that hosta should cover most of the area in a few years.... it will look very nice.
    Excuse my ignorance but will that just spread out on it's own or should I plant a bunch more. I've also noticed that in the last couple of weeks the middle hosta, leaves are starting to look bad. I wonder if they are getting too much light?



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    Re: Landscaping help

    They will grow on their own. we transplanted small bunches (smaller than what you have there) and they now span 3-4 feet in diameter... they look great.


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    Re: Landscaping help

    I would paint the gas meter and pipes the same color as the house.



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    Quote Originally Posted by egami View Post
    I would paint the gas meter and pipes the same color as the house.
    That's a good idea. I'm not going to worry about the water meter since it's now completely covered. I don't know the name of that plant all the way to the right but it has had some serious growth.



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    Re: Landscaping help

    Hostas will be affected by slugs somtimes and they can do a number on the leaves. Put some beer in a shallow plate and that can help control the slugs if they are the reason.



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    Re: Landscaping help

    Nice work. Looks like you have a couple different varieties of hosta to add some different color. I also like the nice, clean border you have.

    A few thoughts.
    The hostas leaves might be getting "burnt" by a combo of too much direct sunlight and the rocks (which create heat). I'm not sure slugs would be an issue since you're not in a moist area with mulch (not sure however, how much that matters for slugs so do a bit of research) Or….it could be they just need to be watered more often. I'd give them a couple seasons with additional watering/fertilizing before determining whether they are in the correct spot or not. It can take a year to two for them to establish themselves before taking off.

    I'd personally like to see more height around areas that are nice to hide (hardware on the side of the house, the central air unit, etc.). This is easily accomplished with a few patches of ornamental grasses (as one example). There are also bushes that would get high enough to cover that other meter that is higher up. There are a few bushes with red leaves that you could consider to add some additional variety of color.

    At the end of the day, I don't think you HAVE to do anything. Maybe a few tweaks…just because you like to do that type of thing. What I really appreciate about what you’ve done is the spacing. It seems like the number one mistake people make is not allowing room for things to grow.



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    Quote Originally Posted by capitalcityguy View Post
    Nice work. Looks like you have a couple different varieties of hosta to add some different color. I also like the nice, clean border you have.

    A few thoughts.
    The hostas leaves might be getting "burnt" by a combo of too much direct sunlight and the rocks (which create heat). I'm not sure slugs would be an issue since you're not in a moist area with mulch (not sure however, how much that matters for slugs so do a bit of research) Or….it could be they just need to be watered more often. I'd give them a couple seasons with additional watering/fertilizing before determining whether they are in the correct spot or not. It can take a year to two for them to establish themselves before taking off.

    I'd personally like to see more height around areas that are nice to hide (hardware on the side of the house, the central air unit, etc.). This is easily accomplished with a few patches of ornamental grasses (as one example). There are also bushes that would get high enough to cover that other meter that is higher up. There are a few bushes with red leaves that you could consider to add some additional variety of color.

    At the end of the day, I don't think you HAVE to do anything. Maybe a few tweaks…just because you like to do that type of thing. What I really appreciate about what you’ve done is the spacing. It seems like the number one mistake people make is not allowing room for things to grow.
    I think your onto something with the light and the rocks. I think they are getting burnt.



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    Re: Landscaping help

    Our rocks get too hot for some of our plants too. Damn the rock looks good, but you have to make sure you watch how close it is to the plants so they can grow too. Our ornamental grass doesn't get as wide because the rocks are too close to it.


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    Re: Landscaping help

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    That's a good idea. I'm not going to worry about the water meter since it's now completely covered. I don't know the name of that plant all the way to the right but it has had some serious growth.
    The plant on the right is a Seedum.

    I've got a couple that we split off from a friend's. It really loves the front of our house (south facing with lots of sun).


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    Re: Landscaping help

    OK, I just went outside and took a few more pictures.





    This is one right next to it that seems to be doing fine








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    Re: Landscaping help

    That actually looks pretty good start to me. You came out a good distance from your house. A lot of people make the mistake of only coming out a couple feet or so.

    I think some height in the area would be nice but be careful not to plant something that is going to get huge and encroach on the house. Some dwarf Alberta spruces would be nice or a skinny variety of arborvitae. Depends on what your climate is really.

    Height and a little color (maybe some barberry's, again depending on your climate) against the rocks and house would look nice.

    Another tip I learned from my landscaping days was to always plant in odd numbers unless you are framing something in. It looks more natural.

    Good luck.



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