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Landscaping...starting from scratch!

m5askqu5February 17, 2013
We took eight bushes out from under the front window and along the sidewalk. I am not sure where to start, limited budget...will do a bit each year. Maybe $1K this year to spend. Live in KS. Dry. This is a shaded area. Please help us! (we'll be painting the house this spring FYI!)
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decoenthusiaste
I don't know why we're not giving you input - possibly due to the poor quality and lighting of the pic.
    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 7:26AM
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Dytecture
This is a really open ended discussion. Best thing to do is to come up with an overall scheme for the entire yard and divide them into sections so they are more manageable as far as budget.

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    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 7:59AM
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Sweet Caroline Garden Design
Here's my two cents worth -a doodle of a lawn-less landscape that would compliment your home's architecture.
    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 2:07PM
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Sweet Caroline Garden Design
P.S. to the above : Kansas is dry so a drought-tolerant landscape without a thirsty lawn is the way to go. Do it in stages - slowly remove all existing grass, a little at a time. Since you have shade you could plant 'Annabelle ' hydrangeas (blooming deciduous shrub ), azaleas ( evergreens ) and ornamental grasses as a project for the first season. The idea of an attached arbor with a tiled patio underneath is more of an expensive project if you're not handy so if you like it you'll need to budget for it in the future
    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 2:51PM
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decoenthusiaste
Here's xeriscape (low-water, low-maintenance) for a non-desert area.
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    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 2:57PM
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Sweet Caroline Garden Design
Very pretty decoenthusiaste but those are all sun-loving plants and this garden is shady.
    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 2:58PM
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m5askqu5
Thanks for your input. I know the pic is a bit dark. But again- we're painting the house this spring (will make a huge difference!), we planted new grass seed in the fall, so most of the front yard will be grass, it came in nicely last year (what was there) before we planted new. I'm looking for ideas under the main set of windows on the left side of the pic...it's a shaded area. Then (I know the pic is hard to see) in front of the porch swing is a small garden area about 2' wide, along the rest of the front of the house. So...looking to start simple, I don't want to do a huge landscape- simple shrubs/bushes/flowers...all perennials.
    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 3:59PM
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m5askqu5
I love the arched arbor idea...
    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 4:00PM
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