Please help me with your ideas!

Kate-May(9)July 8, 2014

I came across Gardenweb couple of days ago and am very happy to find a place where I can learn and get help with my soon to start gardening experiences. We bought a house recently and are moving into it in about 2 weeks. After years of living in apartments we are so excited to start gardening in our front and backyard. I attach 2 pictures from a part of the front yard next to entrance. To start with, I need your ideas on what to put there to make the wall look so appealing to the eye. A tree that fits into a small space or may be a climbing rose? FYI we are in Bakersfield, CA. zone 9. Front yard is towards north so this part gets afternoon Sun. This space has sprinkler system but I am also going to take a very good care of watering each and every plant.
I appreciate your help.

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Here is another picture in which you can see the corner I am talking about better.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 1:56AM
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mingtea(z9 Tucson)

One thing I did when we move into our home was take special notice of how houses with similar exposure were landscaped. I don't know Bakersfield well but I know two things that you might consider are how damaging the roots are of the plants you're thinking of (since you will be planting close to the home) and how waterwise they'll be.
Maybe a boulder or two for vertical interest and some of the larger ornamental grasses? They can be quite dramatic and are found in a number of heights, textures and colors... Although not sure how shady that spot is most of the day. Grasses like quite a bit of sun.


    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 9:52AM
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I like the idea of boulders, But I am going to use them in other areas of the front yard. This spot gets afternoon sun only. When I google image the ornamental grass I see they can get very large. I don't want them to cover the window view, because it is a window in the sitting area. Can we control their width without damaging their look?
Looking at the corner again, I see 2 adjacent trellis fit very well in that space. So I think I should look more at climbing plants. But which plant can I use to cover the wall perfectly, go up and reach the roof?! (considering that it should tolerate the heat in Bakersfield and also survive with no sun in the morning)

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 3:30PM
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Congratulations on your new home. I have gone through a similar experience. I think you really need to:

1) research native and adapted plants in your area. I wouldn't consider Bakersfield exactly "Southwest." You might try the California gardening forum, as it seems to be far more active than here. There are lots of good resources for this -- local nurseries, your library, your county extension, your master gardeners, Pinterest.

2) consider your watering needs -- will you have drip irrigation there, for instance?

3) Trellis and climbing plants would work, but you will probably want additional plants in front of them to fill in the place.

4) Look in your homeowner info to see if there's a prohibition against planting to close to the house. Mine has one.

This post was edited by Violet.West on Mon, Jul 14, 14 at 15:36

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 3:12PM
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This is a website that has helped me with desert type landscaping if your interested in that and even has a vegetable planting guide.

Here is a link that might be useful: Desert Landscaping tips and idea

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 11:35PM
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