Side/corner yard ideas?
Hello everyone, we just purchased our first home in the South SF Bay area, it's in a pie shaped lot and the way the house is oriented we essential have 3 yards on the two sides and back of the house. Right now I'm working on the side yard where the kitchen window is facing, and was wondering if I could get some ideas/advice here.
This side yard is split into 2 components--a front grassy lawn with a small herb/vegetable garden, and then a wood chip covered dry corner in the back. It gets plenty of sun throughout the day, so drought tolerant plants would be ideal for the back corner (no irrigation/sprinklers there yet). The main thing about this side yard is its ugly telephone pole (on the neighbor's side, right next to the fence) that I really want to hide because that's the first thing I see when I'm standing in the kitchen doing dishes. I was thinking of planting a tall gingko tree because I adore gingko, but not sure if sticking a tree there will affect the rest of my lawn/herb garden. There's also the issue of the branches possibly hitting the pole down the road, but I saw a variety called "Princeton Sentry" that might work since it doesn't have that big of a spread..?
I'd also love to plant some fragrant/showy shrubs/small trees along the fence. My personal favorites are fragrant tea olive shrubs (Osmanthus), dwarf crepe myrtles, and/or a guava fruit tree (anyone successfully grown a guava tree in this area?).
Anyways, here are some pics of the yard. Any thoughts/ideas are welcome! Thank you!