Our Landscaping Plan and Landscaping Tips from a Designer

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    Oh summer, how you amaze me with your casual days and lack of schedule. It seems the last couple of weeks have passed quickly. I’ve been working to finalize plans on our living room, select hardwood floors, install new lighting and line up contractors for our mudroom. It feels great to be on the cusp of significant change, but it has also been a bit daunting at times. While some things are coming together easily, others have been a bit more challenging. I know it will be worth every moment of effort!

    Landscaping tips and plans from a designer

    I’m excited that we finally have landscaping. I started working with a local landscaping company in March, sharing my vision for an English country garden. I wanted a soft, colorful palette filled with lush plants to soften the harsh lines of the Tudor. Given that we live in the midwest where half of the year we do not have blooms, it was also important to incorporate some year round shrubs that will remain green {and not disappear like so many plants do}. I found a lot of my inspiration from the coasts that doesn’t always translate well for our extreme winters and summers. Other stipulations we have to work with is that it will be somewhat low maintenance and deer resistant. I wanted to share our landscaping plans along with landscaping tips from a designer that I found to be extremely helpful.

    Landscaping tips and plans from a designer

    We have a couple of existing trees that we integrated into the plan and shade beautiful hydrangeas. I’d love a hydrangea garden, but it wouldn’t last a week in front of our home. We also included a few limelight hydrangea in sunnier spots. Classic hydrangea require a lot of water and plenty of shade. I love how their hue changes with the acidity in the soil. From the first picture to the second we had a week of rain, which made the blooms significantly softer in color.

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    To conceal the air conditioning units on the side of our home and our water meter near the porch, we used variegated maiden grasses. Pink spirea lines the area by my office window, while butterfly bushes were added in front of the living room window. Hopefully it will attract a few friends for the girls to watch! Near the garage we be incorporated viburnum and duplicated them on the opposite side to tie it all together. All of these plants provide a year round foundation for our garden.

    Landscaping tips and plans from a designer

    After seeing the recent issue of Better Homes and Gardens, I had to have Lamb’s Ear. The soft, silvery color creates a beautiful edge. I reluctantly added a few pink knockout roses for color. The front of the garden is lined with bouts of Russian sage, salvia, lavender and yellow yarrow. Basically, I’m beyond excited to get my hands dirty!

    Landscaping tips and plans from a designer

    Working with a landscaper has been an excellent experience so that I can maintain our garden long-term. Chris, our landscaper taught me that:

    roses are great for long-term color because of their lengthy bloom time

    add height in 3-4 areas, including both ends

    think about your foundation first – year round shrubs that will always offer green

    fill with shorter grasses or ground cover

    hide eyesores with tall grasses

    consider your neighbors {like deer and bunnies}

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    The beautiful rocks just give Isla another place to order her big sisters around. I can’t wait to share more photos with you when I catch a little sun, but all of this rain is sure to make our landscaping grow bright and beautiful!

    Our landscaping plan has been altered slightly since this, but all of the same concepts apply. It’s been fun seeing it come to fruition and I look forward to watching it grow to it’s full potential!

    Midwest landscaping plan that is deer resistant and tolerant of harsh summers and winters

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