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Re: update on garden/bottle brush

The newest Southern Living Magazine has a good article on landscaping side
yards..... I love the look of the stepping stones they used.  They used lots
of shrubs, and some Coral Bark Maples.  Just for more ideas!
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, January 25, 2004 3:44 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] update on garden/bottle brush

> Well, Donna, here's a really rough sketch as a picture is worth a
> thousand words:-)
> http://www.mtalt.hort.net/temp-a/sketch.gif
> Figured it would be easier to draw than explain...but idea is to
> extend the bed you already have on the other side of the chain link
> fence in a curve, so it looks like it just continues through the
> fence.  Put in a bed at the street corner of the house that bells
> out; plant some taller, wider shrubs and/or shrubs and a small tree
> so they would actually hide most of that area from the street,
> creating a bit of a secret garden from that side.  Put in a path to
> the electric meter and turn the grass into groundcover as it would be
> hard to mow in there.  Path would actually take up most of the space
> between the beds; realize this sketch is at no scale:-)  Hope it
> makes sense.
> At the end of the extended bed, where it hits the wood fence, put in
> some narrow columnar shrubs or grow some vines up the fence.  Dunno
> if you're trying to hide the fence, neighbor's yard or not.  If not,
> you could just use some taller perennials there and let that fence be
> their background.
> I'd be inclined to plant a tall columnar something up against the
> chain link fence between the meter and the existing garden so you
> don't see the meter from where you took the photo.  That item would
> start the new extended bed on the house side.  I just thought of that
> and didn't put it in the sketch.
> So, that's my suggestion, FWIW:-)
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
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> > From: Donna  <justme@prairieinet.net>
> > A picture is worth a thousand words... so :)
> >
> > http://illianagardenpond.org/southside.jpg
> >
> > This was taken from inside the yard looking to the street. Need
> > something from the fence to front of home. I may be mistaken about
> 16
> > ft, but I thought that was what I measured a few years ago and
> somehow
> > stuck in my head. I know the 53 ft is right cause I just got done
> buying
> > flooring for my basement :)
> >
> > My neighbor is not into gardening as the small bed (barely visible
> > against the garage)was put in by previous owners. I was not
> planning on
> > adding anything to their side of that space. At one time had
> thought
> > about a mini-wildflower prairie, but DH assured me someone would
> end up
> > mowing it down.
> >
> > Sounds interesting Judy, but not sure I have enough room. I also
> still
> > have to make it accessible to the meter reading folks.
> >
> > I just need to get started and it would probably fall into place,
> or
> > everything get moved at later date. I am forever digging something
> up
> > and moving it anyways.... due to not liking the combo or plant not
> > liking the area....
> >
> > Donna
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