Help me design: seeking ideas
While we wait for yet another snow storm to strike with single digit temperatures to follow, I hope you all have some free time for design suggestions.
Before I became a regular follower of this forum, my idea was to have some evergreens ( I wasn't using the word conifer back then) to block out the house behind me. Then I got to seeing your pictures, and decided I will go for something beautiful to look at at the expense of a solid screen. The trees will help take my focus away from the house behind.
So, here is what I did last Fall. Create the backbone, the larger trees. From left: Picea abies 'Gold Drift' (thanks Dan in Chicago), Picea glauca 'Pendula', Picea pungens 'Glauca Pendula' ( thanks Dave from Kansas City), Pinus strobus 'Angel Falls' and Picea omorika 'Pendula Bruns'. Thanks because their trees made me get them. My plan is to stake the weepers up to 10 - 12 feet, then let them weep down, thus avoiding a tall wall. My hope is when they are large enough, maybe in 10 years, they will help to disguise the house behind. The minimum distance from the fence is 3+ feet, which is the P. glauca. The trees are spaced a minimum of 4 feet apart on the x-axis, but actual distance is bigger because they are planted in a zigzag pattern. I deliberately varied the spacing a little, they are not spaced equally or planted along the same line.
The two little guys are Pinus mugo 'Jakobsen' and Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Lutea'. They can move.
There will be a Cedrus Libani var Atlantica 'Glauca Pendula' to the left of the 'Gold Drift'. Between the Gold Drift and the P glauca 'Pendula', against the wall, I'll plant an Acer palmatum 'Ryusen', to block out the lower window of the house. Behind the blue I was thinking a red leaved smoke tree, cut down frequently to keep small. Or I could do something green and bring red from a dwarf jap maple like 'Shaina'. I even thought of planting 2 -3 nootka Van Den Akkers behind the blue to create a screen, but that would probably be a bad idea - too much shade and too crowded when they are big. I thought something yellow will look nice next to the blue. I was thinking of Cham pisifera 'Mops' or maybe Thuja orientalis 'Franky Boy' on the right and mugo 'Carstens on the left with something else behind. Or I could do the yellow Mops next to or in front of the Pendula Bruns with something larger like a parviflora in front of the Angel falls. Or a parviflora or a winter yellow could peek out from behind the pendula Bruns.i wanted to scatter 2/3 heathers for winter color too. I considered planting 3 in a row in front of the blue tree.
What would you do? How many plants inside each triangle? 1 large dwarf? 2 smaller dwarfs? 2/3 dwarf + mini combined? What shapes next to the big guys, or what colors? Share your ideas.
The planting area will be about where it is in front of the Gold Drift right now, but it will slowly curve out as it gets to the omorika. So if it is 8 foot from the fence where the Gold Drift is now, it will be maybe 13 feet near the omorika. More pictures as replies to this post.
You are looking south in the pictures. The fence shades the bed in winter.
Thank you if you reached the end.
This post was edited by wannabeGardnr on Tue, Apr 1, 14 at 0:55