Landscaping help

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  1. dmclone

    dmclone Well-Known Member

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    Any ideas of what I should put in this type of location? It's on the east side of the house and I'd like something that blocks the A/C unit along with the window wells.

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    some bushes but what kind depends on what you think would look good there.
     
  3. dmclone

    dmclone Well-Known Member

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    I'm looking for a little color since everything around the corner is green. Someone mentioned Spirea Neon flash
     
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    How about a 6' tall stone Cy? :biggrin:

    Hostas or something of the like would look good and grow well. Even my mom can keep those alive :wideeyed: Then the damn deer got to 'em....
     
  5. zumbro clones

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    Try Dogwood or Cranberry shrubs. A Burning Bush is good too. They can get a little tall (8' or more) but you can keep them trimmed down.
     
  6. dmclone

    dmclone Well-Known Member

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    I may have to try a burning bush to the side of the A/C.
     
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    I would go alternating Dwarf burning bushes and varigated dogwoods, put the Burning bushes next to the air-conditioner as they like the stress and will turn the deep red they are known for much earlier. Looks like you have a wide enough space there you could get away with this. IF you go with something like a Spirea or Burberry (has little thorns on it, very pretty deep purple though) it may take a few years to ge the benefit. You could probably put some 2 foot or so Dogwoods and Burning bushes and pass up those few years of waiting for a new bush to mature to reap the benefits. Just a few Ideas.
     
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    We have Barberry bushes too. They look great but the thorns can be a pain.
     
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    If you have a little more money to spend, you could add small evergreen shrubs. The dwarf evergreen trees look the best but can be expensive.
     
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    If you have young kids or plan on doing so I would skip the thorny varieties. There are lots of other options. I would also extend that downspout past the edge of the landscape area or at least to it.
     
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    Agree, on both accounts.
     
  13. dmclone

    dmclone Well-Known Member

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    I don't have children and would like to keep them out of my yard so maybe this is a good idea.
     
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    That's exactly what I was going to suggest. They're good plants and - they turn a nice red in the fall. We have one on either side of our A/C unit and I may plant more in the future in some other spots.
     
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    Earl May has a Boxwood that grows vertically instead of the typical ball.

    Green Tower Boxwood

    You might also consider an ornamental grass. They have some with some color in them.

    I'd also extend the downspout a few more feet away from your house.
     
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    And do it by tiling it out with a pop-up. :)
     
  17. dmclone

    dmclone Well-Known Member

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    I have these boxwoods on the side of the garage. They have gotten a bit bigger since this pic.

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    If you want to add some color (and ISU color to boot), check out the Gaillardias. We have some and love 'em. You could easily do some burning bushes and Gaillardias in that space.

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    Those look great. Are the perennials?
     
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