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afc

What do you guys think of doing round rock on the sides of the house that is not getting sun, and drying up?

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We planted trees behind the railing 2 days ago, in the front of the sidewalk, just before the phone box in the pic above. We went for the Yew tree and 2 other trees. The yew is supposed to be there all year round and grows to about 6-7ft

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Now we plan to replace all the grass on the side with gravel. We looked at pea and river rock gravel, but it looks like it won't be easy on the feet, so we decided on round rock gravel?

we have actually ripped out all the remaining grass you see in the pic above. Am not getting the neighbour involved in this, as he is an arse that won't put his dog on a leash, and expects everyone else to look after the crap pick up

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afc

So I bought some edgings, more stones, and did some clearing up. I still need some more stones, so please go easy on me :D

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This side of the house at the bottom is going to stay as is, since all the utilities stuff are there

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afc

Bought some stepping stones and red mulch

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going to leave this area like this for now until after A/C goes in

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BRgal

I have a similar strip of ground running along the north side of the house. This area used to be a real eye sore . For years, I planted and I planted. The only plants which have survived are ferns. I also planted hostas they were beautiful and very lush ... unfortunately, a couple years ago they just disappeared as did my lily of the valley. My ferns are beautiful. I also have a couple of pink columbine and california poppy scattered here and there. Both the columbine and california poppy self seed. As an extra bonus, I have no weeds! No maintenance whatsever!

Good luck with your hostas. I think most hostas do very well in the shade. I really enjoyed my hostas for about 7 years. I had the bluish variety with flowers. It grew into a really big plant. I was planning to divide it the following year, but I never had the chance.

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afc

Thanks for the suggestions so far. I like this look with the Hostas and gravel, what do you think of this look, and which of the varieties of hostas is the best under shade and colourful

cheers

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afc

that sounds like a good idea, but what isthe cost of that, and do you have pics at all?

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