I need help with my front yard (with photos)
We have a difficult front yard that I'd like to work on this spring. We are up on a hill and we get a good amount of wind, especially in the winter months. The entire front yard slopes foward making it difficult to mow. I have two areas I'd like to work on:
1. Replace sod on steep slope with flowerbed. Here are some photos:
The house faces south. Currently, this area gets full sun. We planted a flowering pear tree on the east side of the yard which will partially shade some of the slope as it grows up (and hopefully block some of the wind!)
Question: I'd love some suggestions for plants that will do well on this slope. I'd really like to make this an four season garden.
2. Plant a screen on the east side of the yard.
As you can see in the photos below, we have no privacy from the road. The tree you see in the photo is the flowering pear we planted last year and to the left of the tree are lilacs which were cut to the ground last year. We would like something to screen the road to the right of the tree. There are a lot of roots in that area from a tree that our neighbor cut down last fall. We are going to add topsoil to that area but we'll still have the roots to contend with.
Question: Any suggestions for a shrub or tree we can plant in this area for privacy from the road and to block the wind a bit?