1. Soften the front. Use plants to decrease appearance of height of railings on deck. Everything should be plantable in New Jersey USA zone 6b
2. Create a Living Fence. I am still very interested in a living fence and to create privacy for the paverpatio in the front yard if not the whole front yard. I want the front walk from the sidewalk to feel as if you must be invited to enter it as I have an office at back which clients come up the driveway. I want the walkway to feel private but not use a fence of any significant cost or height and would much rather prefer to create a "fence" with plants.
Use a living fence blocking some view into our windows and front yard would be interesting ad to offer some privacy onm front deck and front paver patio:
3.Create a water feature - probably below the paver patio or above it or to the left of the front walk. This should be something I can construct and not be over the top expensive. I'd like to hear water when we come home. I have small kids so don't make any thing too deep...but fish that can survive winter would be neat.
4. Use a low architectural fence to create privacy and keep neighbors dogs off plantings lawn
I like very low fences: for front and up driveway (Be detailed in how its constructed). I do not want a fence over 2 feet tall. See samples at:
Do not do utilize a stone fence or paver fence as its too expensive...stick to something of an architectural look .
5. Flowers for 3/4 of the year is a must and there shoul dbe green during the winter
Flowering should happen in 3 stages and I will look for this in winning design
Plants should be for zone 6b (Central New jersey)
6. Grass should only be used to left of front walk when viewing from front of house. Do not use any grass below the paver pad on left side of path
7. Make use of lighting. I will have three areas for bollard style lighting . Bottom right of paver walk to sidewalk. At the paverpad on driveway side and at bottom of steps to deck. I want to use a bollard from
8. Don't forget the triangular bottom right side of driveway
DO SOMETHING UNUSUAL AND SURPRISE ME!
Use the miniature boxwoods(Tell me if I should just move them to surround the front walk like:
or keep them where they are.
Privacy and formality
Consider placing the living fence plants that are higher in between the boxwoods similar to the two sites below. I want something unusual.
Utilize redstone and or large 3 inch Delaware stone. in the design. Minimize use of mulch and instead use spreading colorful ground cover like paccansandra and hostas inside the yard (not at street due to deer). There can not be any hostas at street as deer will eat same
Use Delaware or red stone in strip inplanting area in between front walk & street
Do not add any more hardscape stone patio
Plants not to use
Don't use more hostas at street (deers nibble them to the ground here)and instead change it to day lilies and flowering plants and leave stone in between so people can get out of cars(this is critical)
3 Stage Flowering and winter green
Flowering should happen in 3 stages and I will look for this in winning design as well as green during winter
4. The design should show what will remain green in the winter and when it will flower
Consider softening the height of the front deck by placing plantings in front of same
Not sure if I want a small gate or something to make the front walk feel private
Provide privacy for the stoneblock patio area in front yard
Plant list based on bloom time for zone 6b in New jersey USA
Flowering plants are a must
Green thru winter is a must
Must include perrenials to minimize long term cost
Build off photos provided
utilize a very low small architectural fence
Do not provide plants that get out of control or spread too quickly.