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Hi! We just moved into a new place and need landscaping ideas! We are in Zone 6. Any ideas on plants/designs that are very low-maintenance? I'm open to the idea of getting rid of the planting beds along the sidewalk and just putting down grass/sod instead.

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I would suggest looking at all the yards in your area & see what you like. Then go talk to someone with knowledge at a nursery.
I like lots of shrubs & flowers, so I'm not the right person to give you advice...cause I'd be putting in more beds and having less grass to mow! Big Grin


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Your new home is lovely!! I would get rid of the small evergreen shrubs that appear to have been "shaped". I prefer something that has a more natural, feathery shape.

We have azaleas and rhododendrons as foundation plantings....but you have to move them out from the house somewhat. I like your areas along the walkways. They are good spots for some colorful annuals.

You could add some clumps of Black-eyed Susans or some hydrangeas. There are many folks on here who will be able to give you pointers!
 
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Your house is lovely as grapefruit said. Landscaping is so much of just what you like. This is what I would do.

I would change the outside outline of the bed because it looks like it is hard for a lawn mower to follow and requires a lot of trimming. I also think some of the angles detract from the house.

Then I would get rid of the large bushes closest to the house. They are too close to the walk/driveway and will need a lot of trimming. Let the other trimmed bushes grow naturally so they get a natural shape.

Take a px of the house to your local garden center (not big box place). Most will give you suggestions assuming you will buy some of the plants from them. You do,not have to do everything at once but can change things over time if you have a plan.
 
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Hi,

You can check out some easy landscaping ideas here
 
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Hi,

You can check out some easy landscaping ideas here


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landscaping is a work for professionals. not every one can do it with wright things.. there are lots of new ideas in lndscaping.
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landscaping is a work for professionals. not every one can do it with wright things.. there are lots of new ideas in lndscaping.
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Take a picture to a local nursery as stated above and see what they say. I like the beds along the driveway but I like flowers and shrubs. A straight line looks so rigid. I also don't like the shaped evergreens. Take your time and look around your area, take pictures of what you like and what you don't. These will all help you in making choices. Try to do some things that aren't exactly the same as your neighbors, put your individual stamp on the yard. I hate to drive through a new development and see the same plants in every yard. Mine started that way and eventually everyone put in what they liked and now it looks much nicer.
 
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Have you thought of terracing? That's quite a hill. You can have terraces of lawn or plantings.


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Posts: 7866 | Location: Black Creek, WI Zone 5 | Registered: Sep 18, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I think the idea along the driveway may be to hold back strong water flow during heavy rains.

I don't like all the trimming either but that is quite a slope (as stated above).

I'd go to nearest retail landscaper with photos and start talking. If you get great ideas from that person/place, please buy some things from that person/place.
 
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