Looking for some input & advice about my landscape design! PICS

Discussion in 'Gardening' started by maggienchamp, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. maggienchamp

    maggienchamp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 22, 2011
    Hi everyone! So, I'm looking for some advice/opinions about a landscape design I created for my backyard. I'm pretty new to gardening in general, my only experience has been with a couple of indoor & outdoor plants and a few years with a veggie garden; My mom has always been the gardener of the family :) But in the past year or two, I've taken a real interest in it, probably due to my love for living a healthy and organic lifestyle.
    This year, I decided to re-do part of my landscape in the backyard - it's the space right up against the back wall of my house; the shape of the house + porch creates a little square area. My parents did plant the area years ago, but we all felt it was in need of a little updating :) Here is the design:


    Any advice regarding the plant selections, layout, and/or anything else you can think of would be much appreciated! Here are a couple of my concerns:

    - Did I incorporate too many varieties of plants and not "repeat" them enough in the design? In other words, will the space look jumbled and random?
    - Based on my plant choices, will the area be appealing year-round (not so much in the winter, as I know that many gardens loose their visual appeal during the winter months, but more during the spring, summer, and fall)?
    - Is the garden going to require a lot of maintenance every year?

    A couple of side notes: The two chicken coops are already there, I just wanted to put that into the design to see it as a whole. The Lilac tree and raspberry bush are also already in that area.

    Finally, what would you recommend using as a mulch? As of right now, we just have a layer of white stone. All of that will be removed, and were going to put some sort of mulch down to protect the plants - any opinions?

    Thank you so much for any input you give - it's greatly appreciated!
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2013
  2. Peaches Lee

    Peaches Lee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2010
    Wow, that looks really neat! Can't help you with layout/design, I am no good at that stuff, it looks good to me. [​IMG]
  3. maggienchamp

    maggienchamp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 22, 2011
    Haha, thank you [​IMG] I'm really no good at it either - hopefully it will turn out O.K!

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