I am having MAJOR anxiety! We are supposed to be “planning” our landscape. I feel like there is no plan. Well, it is actually much more accurate to say that there is literally no plan. We are planning to go up to a nursery to look around at plants tomorrow, but how can we pick plants? We don’t have a plan! I don’t want to just pick some pretty things that look great in the pot, but don’t have any impact in the yard. Which, by the way, I don’t know if you read my post about my trip to Bellingrath Gardens, but my expectations are unrealistically high after visiting that place.So I am trying to think about the things that I want to be incorporated into my plan:
Something around the perimeter of the house and cottage, like pea gravel or something. Every time it rains, the water that falls off the roof splashes onto the dirt on the ground, and then the dirt splashes up on the side of the house. So I would like to figure out how to combat that. Gutters are not the best solution because my lot is covered in magnolias and oak trees. They drop leaves all year long, and there is no way we can keep up with keeping the gutters clean.
I also want some pretty foundation plantings to make my shed and house look nestled into the landscape. Something along the lines of this:
I would love to have an herb garden, although I am afraid that is going to be tough since I have a shady yard. There is one spot where I think it could work, but we will have to see…
Since my yard is extremely shady, I really want to have lots of hostas, camellias, hydrangeas, verburnum, philodendron, ferns, and azaleas. I also really love the look of elephant ears, but I was recently told that snakes like them too. So I can live without those!
Also, is a water feature too much to ask for? How much work exactly is involved in a koi pond?
How do I translate all of these ideas into a yard that would be photographed for the pages of Better Homes and Gardens or Martha Stewart Living!?! I swear to you I want nothing less!