Ideas for frontyard rehab

sakuragirl(8)July 25, 2005

We moved to this house last summer and I've been scouring through several Japanese garden books for ideas on redoing the frontyard into a more Japanese looking garden. For now, I'd like to retain the walkway as it is. Thinking about revamping the right side of the yard into a part rock and part gravel plus plant type of layout. I'd like to move the three rocks on the left side over to the right side as a 3-group arrangement. The 'tree' looking plant is a Forsythia. There's also 2 medium sized rocks below the forsythia which is currently hidden among weeds. Seems to me I'd need some kind of fencing behind the right side, but would I need to extend the fencing over on the left side, too? In which case, would I need a gate of some kind? I'm starting to feel a little overwhelmed by the ideas and possibilities and feel a little paralyzed by it. I need help to clarify some of these ideas and I'm reaching out to the good folks on this forum. I'm about to start 'sketching' some ideas on my photo with Photoshop. In the meantime, I would really, really appreciate any ideas you can throw my way! ;) Domo arigato! Below is a picture of my front yard.


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Cytania(UK Midlands)

In the West a front garden is an open space with a show of plants - designed for passerby to admire. In Japan front gardens tend to be enclosed and offer the outside world only hints of what the householder enjoys.

Does your local neighbour have a code against fences? This is often the reason for such open-plan expanses of boring grass. If so then consider making your garden 'Zen' style without the fences and walls - a miniature landscape essentially. If not the consider subtle screening through shrubs and trees - these become the backgrop to whatver you create but doesn't shut the outside world off totally.

Looks quite dry where you are. Are we talking gravel and palms, hinting at Okinawa planting?

PS Your rocks won't have much impact on their own. Are they the sort of stone you get locally? If not don't start with them as a mainstay get larger rocks in and then see if they fit.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2005 at 9:57AM
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Thank you for your suggestions Cytania. No, I don't have any code issues with fencing but I have considered creating shrub/tree screenings. I live in the Northwest where things tend to get dry in mid-summer. I just haven't bothered watering the front since I'll be redoing it and also because we've been experiencing a mild drought season.


    Bookmark   July 25, 2005 at 11:33AM
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Here's a picture of a front garden in our neighborhood in Victoria, B.C. It may not suit your lot, or even appeal to you, but there may be one or two ideas there.

Click here

    Bookmark   July 25, 2005 at 7:07PM
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