couldnít get any grass to grow up on the hill,"
had a deck that we built, but the yard was missing
something. Now the bottom of the yard flows into
the upper yard and the plants makes the hill look more
pull the back yard together, Bailey and his crew created
a circular patio area where the family can relax around
a wood-burning chimera. They also installed lights on
two trees in the back natural area to make the space
feel larger, and romantic, at night.
already had a beautiful deck and look out to a shaded
natural area," says Bailey.
wanted to give them some color, fragrance, and texture
while keeping it fairly low maintenance. We placed
hydrangea for summer color, fall-blooming camellias for
fall color, osmanthus for sweet fall fragrance and
fatsia and yew for texture. Miniature gardenias were
planted close to the deck and sunroom for more good
biggest maintenance they have to do during this first
year is to water plant material. Then, there will be
annual weeding and leaf raking."
Adirondack chairs with foot stools make the patio a
relaxing place to sit and watch the evening unfold, the
really donít use the back yard much different than we
did prior to the make over, but now it is more relaxing
and we enjoy the scenery more," says Michael.
do use the back yard a little more at night than we used
to because the tree lighting is there."
to develop the plan further, the Nalers are hanging
hammocks up the hill so they can enjoy the plants and
shade more. And, they are extending built-in planters
along both sides of the yard so they can bring more
plant life into the landscape.
planning a landscape project at your home or business,
consider these points, says Bailey.
how you plan to use the space.
the climate and planting conditions of your area.
your wish list of plants and accessories.
the upkeep the area will need, and consider how much you
like to garden because the space will need maintenance.
to provide some year-round interest in your plantings.
you can use shrubs with interesting foliage to give
texture and contrast in the landscape. lowers can
be added accents.
if you want to incorporate a hardscape feature such as a
deck or patio in the landscape.
one of the most important pieces to the puzzle:
lighting, which adds such a new dimension to the
landscape, plus it offers some additional security.