People are always perplexed at what to put in their landscape. How many? How should I arrange them etc.
Pam and I decided to dress up the front of this place, but we wanted to keep it really, really simple. This is what we did . . .
- The design on both sides of the walk is basically the same. Doesn’t have to be, but that’s what we decided for here.
- We wanted it to be as maintenance free as possible, so that means no fast growing trees or shrubs.
- Right out of the gate I broke a fundamental landscaping rule. Each bed has not one, but two specimen plants. Why? Because I like them and I had them on hand. I liked them so much that I didn’t want to sell them to anybody.
- Our plant selections are pretty simple simple. Evergreen Azaleas because the grow slow. Blue Rug Juniper because they grow slow and are super easy to care for. Firewitch Dianthus because they are awesome when in bloom, still nice when not in bloom and tough as nails. Two different kinds of Dwarf Japanese Maples.
Wanna watch a movie about this design? Okay, here it is . . .
More photos of the plants? Okay, here they are . . .
This Karina Japanese maple is an awesome little plant. I’ve had these in the nursery for several years, probably since 2012 and it’s still only one foot tall and wide. Perfect place for it here by the walk.
You just can’t beat an evergreen azalea in a landscape. Hardy, slow growing, easy to care for and a burst of color in the spring.
Each bed has 3 Azaleas, 3 Dianthus, 3 Blue Rug Juniper and two Dwarf Japanese Maples. The maples are very different. The Karina has red leaves and even though it is super slow growing, it is an upright plant. The Japanese maple in the center is a Weeping Japanese maple but unlike most Weeping Japanese maples this one has variegated leaves.
Being a Weeping Japanese Maple this tree will not grow tall, but in time will grow wide and low. All of the new growth cascades off the center of the plant. Of course with some careful pruning these two trees will grow into amazing specimens.
This landscape design is simple, elegant in it’s own way, about as maintenance free as you can get and it’s attractive and will stay that way for years because of the plants that we selected for this job.
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