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bleujean

9 posts in 2227 days
hardiness zone 4

2227 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: basement window question help landscaping plants zone 4

Hi Everybody! I am new here and would like some ideas/help for my front yard. I have a split level house, garage attached on the front right side. Sidewalk to left of garage goes to the front door. To the left of the door is a window 5-6 inches above the ground. This is the only window in the family room of the lower level. I do not want to plant bushes next to the sidewalk or door. I also do not want them in front of the window. Lets just say it is for safety reasons. And to allow the light into the basement. Any ideas, suggestions? I currently have a very bad looking hodgepodge of plantings there. It looks awful! I have one large and one small azaela bush on either side of the window, one large one small rose bush, one larger than the other hydrangea. All are one to each side of the window. The larger plants are nearer the drain spout. The area runs 14 feet across the front of the house and about 6 feet wide. I also have about 4 feet wide annual garden that it curves off of that is next to the sidewalk. I will try to get a pic on here soon because I am sure it is hard to envision. this all has block as a border.

I live in Zone 4.

Here are some pics (I think)
front

front1

front2

-- bleujean



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GrandmaT

5389 posts in 2446 days
hardiness zone 9

2227 days ago

Hi Bleujean … pics would really help as you said … what type of light do you get in this area?

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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Eklectic

1824 posts in 2368 days
hardiness zone 5a

2227 days ago

bleujean,
pictures sure would help! And Welcome to GT!

-- Eklectic, Follow my Bliss, South East Ontario 5a

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bleujean

9 posts in 2227 days
hardiness zone 4

2226 days ago

Ok, pics are up there.

-- bleujean

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blooz

273 posts in 2290 days

2226 days ago

Very pretty entrance BJ …..

-- blooz 5b - You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt. ~author unkown

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Scott Hildenbrand

1690 posts in 2340 days
hardiness zone 6b

2226 days ago

Is a very nice entrance.. Some height in your plantings would help a ton. I’d say a tall evergreen flanking the window. I’d say Sky Pencil, but think it’s too thin. Some other kind of holly may work, and you can prune them to shape, but most grow fast.

At any rate, some height would be great, give alot of depth to your landscaping that way.

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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GrandmaT

5389 posts in 2446 days
hardiness zone 9

2226 days ago

Yes, very attractive entrance way … A nice Dwarf Burning Bush or Dwarf Lilac would be attractive on the outside of that window. Both can be trimmed and don’t get too large. Either would give nice height and color. An easy way to research perennials is to go on line at the various nurseries (White Flower Farm or Spring Hill Nurseries) even if you don’t order from them, their plant descriptions and garden layout ideas are a great place to get ideas from. Check when the perennials bloom and buy plants that will survive in your zone and bloom at different times of the summer. May take a couple of summers to get it looking like you want … but that is half the fun … adding to it each year and watching it grow and mature.

Good Luck!! :-)

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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Scott Hildenbrand

1690 posts in 2340 days
hardiness zone 6b

2226 days ago

Ooohh.. Some good quality Hosta would look nice in front of the window and can easily be trampled in case of emergency egress. You can get them that are tiny, small, medium or flippin huge.

Not sure what you have in front of the window now.. Green like like either a type of Lily or Iris?

The bed down the walk is fine and can be pushed full of color, but you really do need to explore layering for that back area. small foreground, medium mid and large background with some huge plants flanking the windows.

If you’re not into evergreen, there ARE some perinatal flowers that get huge, 4-5’ high, even 6’. Just depends on what you want.

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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bleujean

9 posts in 2227 days
hardiness zone 4

2225 days ago

Thanks everyone. I have started to do a bit of re-arranging. Today I am going to move the larger plants to the other side (left) and the smaller one over to the right. Maybe put the hydrangeas closer to the sidewalk bed, in front of the clematis. I am also going to re-arrange the bulbs (that is what all of the green is, in the middle).

-- bleujean

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XploreOrganics

1393 posts in 2447 days
hardiness zone 5b

2225 days ago

I would suggest something cascading over the blocks boardering the walkway on both sides. Maybe some juniper or cottoneaster.

To add a blast of color and a welcoming touch to your entrance I would replace the little chair with a tall black cast iron urn with a tall grass planted in the center surrounded by some color.

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I would also replace the white trellis with an iron obelisk

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This would help tie everything into the beautiful storm door.

I agree with everyone else that some stately plantings in the background would help set everything into place.

Beautiful home.

-- Xploreorganics, 5b Canada, LFD 06-20 http://colorfulcanary.blogspot.com/

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Scott Hildenbrand

1690 posts in 2340 days
hardiness zone 6b

2225 days ago

X, remind me to ask your opinion on some of the spots in my landscape some time.. ;)

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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bleujean

9 posts in 2227 days
hardiness zone 4

2225 days ago

I have moved the large azaela over to the left so when it gets more leaves it will soften the corner. I have two rose bushes that I am going to put in front of that following the curve of the block. The small azaela is going to go just to the left of the trellis which I will probably replace as suggested above. Then I think the two hydrangeas in front of the azaela on the right going into the curve of the bed. I am then going to fill with some white and green hostas in front of the window. I am trying to recycle plants that I have on hand. As I said, I don’t want to block the window… I would kind of like something in the corner on the right by the stoop but it does not get much light and does get very wet from the downspout.

-- bleujean

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GrandmaT

5389 posts in 2446 days
hardiness zone 9

2225 days ago

Could always put Impatiens in that corner … they like wet and not a lot of light. Even put the Impatiens in some sort of interesting container/basket. Color would be fabulous …

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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XploreOrganics

1393 posts in 2447 days
hardiness zone 5b

2225 days ago

A Rhubarb plant would work in that wet shaded corner…Sounds strange but the leaves make a beautiful ornamental plant. I grown mine in almost complete shade and bog…It brightenes up a corner with massive foilage…and is edible. Or maybe giant butterbur (one I will be adding to my most wanted list) Petasites japonicus either regular or the variegated form would be even nicer ‘Variegata’ .

Sounds like you are off to a great start!

-- Xploreorganics, 5b Canada, LFD 06-20 http://colorfulcanary.blogspot.com/

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bleujean

9 posts in 2227 days
hardiness zone 4

2225 days ago

I’m done. It was long hard day for me. Husband came home after running some errands and found me laying in the front yard declaring “I am way to ** old and out of shape to be doing this!” He shook his head and laughed. (I’m 45).
As much as I loved all of your ideas, I did as stated above: large azaela to the left on the corner, the two rose bushes following the curve on the left, bigger one then smaller in front. The smaller azaela to the right with the two hydrangeas curving toward the bed. I put hostas next to the stoop in that corner (although I do have a rhubarb plant I may put there, thanks for the suggestion!) I also put hostas along the wall in front of the window and behind the big azaela. I then went shopping. I ended up getting several ground covers and put them in with the taller toward the back and shorter towards the front. Most of them are different types of creeping thyme. I added two silver mounds, some rockn cress, creeping speedwell and something others. Mulched it all and looks like I have absolutely nothing there now. I hope it looks nice after it grows, otherwise back to sod!

Thanks for all of your help and suggestions!

-- bleujean

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Bon

7374 posts in 2348 days
hardiness zone 5a

2224 days ago

Sounds like you had quite a planting and moving plants day.I’m sure it will look lovely when they bloom.Don’t forget to get a picture now though to look back on.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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GrandmaT

5389 posts in 2446 days
hardiness zone 9

2224 days ago

Busy indeed … I bet it is going to be just lovely once it all “takes” ... be sure to post a pic too, so we can see all your hard work!! :-)

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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