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Any Ideas to Spruce up this Area? PICS

Posted by cdo_and_doug 5 (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 16, 09 at 17:57

It's up near the house
so it would be nice if it looked better
than this.

There is driveway with rocks and small stones
I'd be nice if it was something other than grass.

2Front- Driveway 6-16-09

Right after the posts there is a 5-6' drop.

Ignore the teenagers extension cord
and the pallets.
2Front- Driveway 6-16-09

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RE: Any Ideas to Spruce up this Area? PICS

Shrubs would be pretty, but think about whether you need this area to pile snow in the winter. If so, then you'd need either perennials that die back in the winter, or something pretty flat and non-brittle like rug junipers.

You might also think about some kind of edging to mark the edge between gravel driveway and planting area. Bricks, cobblestones, something like that would look pretty.

RE: Any Ideas to Spruce up this Area? PICS

Lovesummer- Yup we need to push the snow over the edge.
I was thinking about something low growing that we could walk on.

But I forgot about how that may be a problem
when the snowplow comes.

RE: Any Ideas to Spruce up this Area? PICS

  • Posted by claire z6b Coastal MA (My Page) on
    Wed, Jun 17, 09 at 12:09

Expanding on lovesummer's excellent suggestion for edging, how about making a several foot wide edge of bricks, cobblestones, etc? Something flush with the driveway so that the snowplow won't uproot it. If the joints are filled with sand or stone dust, rather than mortar, the edging would blend in nicely with the driveway.


RE: Any Ideas to Spruce up this Area? PICS

If deers are not the problem in your area, 2 or 3 hydrangeas paniculata in tree form planted in a row (with enough spacing to push snow over the edge between them) should work.
If deers are present, the same idea could be implemented by planting a row of salix 'Hakuro-Nishiki' in tree form.

RE: Any Ideas to Spruce up this Area? PICS

  • Posted by jant z6MA (My Page) on
    Wed, Jun 17, 09 at 14:46

I love Hakuro Nishiki... it's such an adaptable shrub in it's water/sun requirements and can be trained in so many forms and sizes. A Butterfly Bush (Pink Delight is wonderful in habit and bloom size) would be a nice addition too. Since most people cut them back to about a foot in spring, you wouldn't have to worry about snow harming it.

RE: Any Ideas to Spruce up this Area? PICS

IF anyone has any links to any photos of landscape ideas I'd love it.

ego45-- We haven't had deer eat anything so far.
I did see some very small deer prints on the driveway last weekend though. Our dog wouldn't allow the deer to stay though.

The snow plow won't allow me to put bushes there.

Maybe some of the steppables would work.
Any ideas on which steppables?

Claire-- I'll think about the brick - cobblestone idea. I've been learning hypertufa lately too so it's on my mind. I'd probably have to go with something to last a long time like you are suggesting over the hypertufa.

Jant and ego45-- I haven't heard of Hakuro Nishiki.
So I will look at it possibly for another spot close by.
Same with Butterfly bush.

Thanks everyone!

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