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Oct 14, 2017

LAKE GARDEN RENEWAL

Karen,

I have posted my ideas below for your garden areas you want to spruce up.   There is only one area where I would use the drip system - the back area where you said you didn't want spray on the wall.   But you could actually put it anywhere - its just a little labor intensive and more expensive in materials.  


FRONT YARD WALKWAY

I keep seeing white landscape roses with rounded boxwood here, and some pops of purple.
Here are some examples of the landscape roses - they grow horizontally as opposed to vertically, and stay low and shrub-like.  They don't need to be tended like the regular rose varieties.





The boxwoods I'm thinking of have a natural rounded shape (we know you like that shape) and are called globe, I think.   They look like this without a lot of trimming.  Probably just a little here and there to keep them tidy.

I have two in pots in my back yard that I have completely neglected and they are still rounded.
There are a lot of purple flowering plants to choose from - a perennial is best here that will continue year after year without having to replant.

WALL PLANTER NEAR FRONT STEPS

I think this is the perfect spot for a dramatic plant.   You mentioned you liked bougainvillea, but my choice would be wisteria.


Wisteria needs to be kept trimmed as it grows rapidly, but your gardener should be able to stay on top of that pretty easy.   As the vine is kept trimmed, the trunk thickens and becomes stronger and he will need to guide the branches against the wall into a nice tree shape.  Mission in SJC had one that was very very old - they live a long long time.  The flowers are amazing and fragrant and come in white, pink and purple.

Another idea for this area is an espalier fruit tree.  This takes a little work to shape the tree while its young and then to keep it trimmed in its shape, but it is beautiful and works with most fruit trees, keeping the fruit within easy reach and larger.   I think we could make it work if we removed all the clay soil in the planting area and replaced it and then treated it with gypsum to break up the clay soil further.  I would recommend an evergreen fruit tree as opposed to one that would lose its leaves.






I would plant a small hedge (boxwood) at the base on the perimeter of the planter and landscape roses inside to carry on the same look from the walkway.


BACK WALL PLANTER - NO OVERSPRAY

I think we decided this got morning sun and then shade?  We may be able to do hydrangeas here, or camelias, which are evergreen, or a combination of both.  A drip system to water them will keep the water off of the wall.

Camelias come in whites, pinks, reds

and many different forms







SEMI CIRCULAR PLANTER ON RIGHT SIDE FENCE AREA

Here I see a hedge with a fountain in the center, and low color plants at the base of the hedge.  We would have to find a way to get electrical to that area - shouldn't be hard - so that the pump can run.
There are some solar fountains, but I'm not sure how well they circulate the water.
picture a fountain in the middle of these instead of the urns or statuary

BACK WALL OF BACK YARD

I would fill this in with butterfly bush, another evergreen flowering shrub, or hibiscus.


hibiscus you are familiar with.
Here are some other choices
butterfly bush



ceanothus (california lilac)
 comes in blues, lavender, purple, white





and pink



Escallonia





plumbago


privet

strawberry tree (hummingbirds and butterflies love it)





FUTURE SIDE ENTRANCE TO BACK YARD

Its always good to have a plan, right?   You may not be ready to do this right now, but if you have a plan you are able to move forward when the time comes.  Or even attack it in stages.

If you were to do grass there, as a pathway, I would meander it a little like this.

with background shrubs in the borders (many of the ones listed above will work)


and a gate - lots to choose from since you have both wrought iron and stucco and white railing.

so, see through wrought iron...

more private (stucco instead of brick to match wall)

white and charming

just to get your ideas flowing.

I don't know costs.  Matine is $20/hr and a hard worker, but I don't know plant costs - they vary depending on size.  He may have a better idea.

Let me know what you think about the rest.  I have a call in to Matine - would you want him to do all of the planting, or just the drip system area?