Working on my slope -- your thoughts...
Well, guys and gals, I am still working on removing the sod from my front yard slope -- gradually doing it to avoid erosion! But I am at the point now where I will be doing some planting. I'd love to hear your ideas on what I'm planning.
The front yard is maybe 30 feet wide. If you are standing on the sidewalk, facing the house, there is a little 1 1/2 foot high wall, then the yard slopes up and back from there. The slope is about a 45 degree angle, going up about 6 feet before it levels out into the front yard -- house is set well back from here. The house is a 1930s white colonial revival with a green roof and a purple front door -- screened in porch. Sort of what I call a little "grandma house."
If you consider the slope area to be a big horizontal rectangle, I'm thinking of taking the two top corners and doing double flowering knockout roses in hot pink. I think this will be a nice way to frame our view of the neighborhood when we are sitting up on the porch. We also have knockouts elsewhere in the front yard, closer to the house.
Working my way down from the roses (down and toward the center) I'm considering daylilies, with sections of purple -- then an area of stella d'oros. This will be somewhat symmetrical, but not completely. The bigger center area (which is now going to be an inverted triangle) could be some sort of juniper -- maybe one of the blue-toned ones?
I was thinking of putting thrift (creeping phlox) along the bottom edge, to soften the edge of the concrete wall by the sidewalk.
Here and there, I thought about having some plantings of purple coneflower, probably up near the top of the slope. I'd underplant the hill with patches of daffodils too.
What do you guys think of this? Maybe you can think of other, better, more striking plant choices. The slope faces East, by the way.
I'd love to hear your ideas!!!!!!