Help! I need landscaping advice.
As crazy as this sounds, I have no backyard. My husband and I recently purchased his family home, which for some reason is positioned directly in the corner of the property line. We own a 1/4 acre lot, all of which is directly in front of us and to our right.
As if that's not difficult enough to try to figure out how to landscape, we live atop a hill. It's not a huge hill, but enough that it's challenging to lay out beds without adding retaining walls.
I need help with landscaping ideas. I was just scanning the photos of other peoples landscapes in here, and I am so envious and discouraged. Not having a backyard really impedes on creating an intimate, private retreat. I feel like we are completely on display for all passer-byes to see.
There are no mature trees on the property. Everything was well over 100 yrs old and someone convinced his mother to cut everything down a few years ago. Not only does that mean no shade, it means no privacy.
The far right side of my property butts against my neighbors driveway. I want to create a wind block (we live by the ocean and the winter winds here are brutal), and a privacy screen. Knowing that trees can take a long time to mature, any suggestions for mixing evergreens and shrubs to act as a backdrop for beds? I want something that will grow full and fast and is durable enough to hold its own against snow being plowed against it.
I know this is a long post, but I am really at a loss and wanted to give as much information as I can to get the most responses.
I literally have a blank slate to work with here, and would certainly appreciate any feedback. My ultimate goal is to add privacy to our yard, and create a cottage type garden environment that welcomes us into the yard to relax on an old swing or a hammock.
I'm all ears (or in this case, would it be "all eyes"?, so hit me with your best shots guys and gals.