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steeltownchic

Okay everyone, put on your best landscape design caps and get creative, because I am having brain freeze on this front flower bed. This is a full sun area.
As you can see, I have planted a Japanese Maple. Yesterday I found a cute spriea bush, so I put that beside the tree. I love the contrast, and think they will look great together once they both grow and fill in. I would really like some ideas on what type of tree to put behind the Japanese Maple. The house is quite tall, and I think I need fullness and height to soften the corners of the house, balance, and also to compliment the Japanese Maple.
The bushes on the right are hydrangeas, the Endless Summer variety. They should get quite large.
I would also love some suggestions on how to fill in the rest of that big flower bed. I was thinking that perhaps two or three burning bushes would look nice, with lilies, irises, etc around them for colour. But I am open to absolutely any suggestions.
Thanks everyone!

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gmcauley

Hello steeltownchic,You may want to check out some of our recent gardening galleries for some inspiration:Photo Gallery: Gorgeous GardensPhoto Gallery: Tropical-Inspired Outdoor SpacesPhoto Gallery: Easy To Grow Plants & BloomsGood luck with the flower beds!Gwen McAuley (gmcauley at hhmedia.com)

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eys

yay for boxwoods!...grasses are nice but in this case at the front I would go more structured...you could go crazy in the backyard with those beautiful grasses....I don't use any special program for the mock-ups, just PAINT on the computer...I'm going to check out that link you mentioned, sounds great.tx so much for that!  Cheers! eys

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steeltownchic

I actually like boxwood more than I like that stuff! Really, I like tall, flowing grasses that rustle in the breeze and soften things. I guess if I need filler I could put in some boxwood - but I want lots of colour, too.
How did you do that photo mock-up? I found a great website yesterday called www.showoff.com where you can upload a photo and add to it. It's very neat.

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eys

Any full green shrub that doesn't flower, you just want a plain green background so that jap maple can truly show its beauty..you can trim cedars to stay shorter so you could buy two and let one grow and "bonsai" the other or create a higher dirt pile for the back one then lower the next one infront...birch tree wouldn't work plus they are so fussy and usually die after a while and you end up cutting them down...no boxwoods?? I have to change you darling rofl...boxwoods are the usual choice b/c they look great in the winter months...you gotta have something to drape those christmas lights over or Santa won't stop....if you truly can't stand them then this would also do the trick and they grow like a weed, cheap too!  oh yea...evonymus-gold splash

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gmcauley

Hello steeltownchic,

You might find some useful tips for your full-sun flower bed in our Easy To Grow Plants And Blooms photo gallery.

Good luck with the gardening!

Gwen McAuley (gmcauley@hhmedia.com)

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steeltownchic

How about a birch tree behind the maple?

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steeltownchic

Eys, that tall tree that you've photoshopped in would be a nice big cedar, correct? What would you suggest for something lower for right behind the JM?

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steeltownchic

Wow, that's amazing! Thanks so much for that photo, what inspiration!
I love the bench there - in fact, down the road we'll likely do a much nicer walkway in flagstone or slate, and have it quite large to put a nice bench there. In the meantime though, I just have to do something with it.
I have to be honest though, I'm not a fan of boxwood. Can you recommend anything else that would create the nice effect you've illustrated?

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eys

Hi there, I did a mock-up for you...adding some large dark green tall shrubs behind that jap maple will really make the jap colour pop..you can see from the pic it gets lost with the neighbour's brick colour ..border with boxwoods, add some pink ground cover, flowering vine up the other side to balance height of the tall shrubs, dark cedar mulch, re-paint your urns darker black, add a black bench...beautiful house you have there! Love the double doors!  Cheers, EYS

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