Landscape that provides Seclusion in an Urban Setting | Volunteer Gardener

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– Today I'm going to showyou a yard that I designed, as the landscape designer.

This is East Nashville, densely populated place.

This yard, the client wantedcertain specific things, very interesting.

Sanctuary, did not wantto see your neighbors.

Has dogs, wanted adog-friendly place.

Doesn't want flowers, soit's all foliage and texture.

I'm gonna show you how Isolved these design challenges.

As you can see, theperimeter of this yard, which is not very large, islined with a variety of tall, narrow, mostly evergreen trees.

There's one that is not.

But this gives thisbeautiful screening effect that we have here, we'vegot Green Giant Arborvitae, Emerald Arborvitae, Cryptomeria Radicans, I like that onebetter than Yoshino, 'cause it doesn't bronzeout in the winter.

And beautifulMagnolias back there, that's called Alta, A-L-T-A, very beautiful.

This gave thissort of green wall, interesting texture and foliage, and the sense of privacy.

It really enclosesthis garden room.

In front of this green wall, I've placed plants of interest.

Almost everything, becausethis is such a small yard, it's like everythingbecomes almost a specimen.

No mass plantings here.

Everything is a one-off.

For example, this Japanesemaple is a dwarf variety, it's greening up now.

It's brilliant red inthe earlier spring.

This is called Shaina, and it's a lovely thing, it just basically doesn'tget a lot bigger than this, just a little denserand spreads out.

Below that, is my current totalfavorite, Creeping Juniper.

I love this plant, thisis called Golden Pacific.

Blue Pacific's beenaround for a long time, this is a newer one, I'vealso seen it sold as All Gold.

Either way, what agreat looking plant.

In the winter, it is bronzyyellow, it is just the most, like amber, it's beautiful.

And then in the growing seasonit gets these delightful yellow tips on it.

It'll get yellower as thesummer progresses here.

Then, once againanother specimen.

This is a Weeping DeodarDwarf called Feelin' Blue.

And blue it is.

Lovely texture and form to this, particularly contrasted againstthe very vertical backdrop.

This is a LittleDwarf Chamaecyparis, which will just make alittle ball around here.

This is a Coral Bark Maple, and it's placed herebecause it's against a wall of very dark green, and in thewinter when the leaves drop off of this, and thosebrilliant coral stems show up like beacons againstthat dark green, it's really stunning to lookat from out of the house, out the window, it'sreally quite the showcase.

This whole feature over here, I mentioned she has dogs.

And a lot of the densityof this planting here is so the dogs have hidey-holes and cool shady places to hang.

But this is basicallythe water dish, but done in a reallybeautiful way.

This is what's calleda pondless waterfall.

There's a receptacle downbelow that big flat rock, and that hole is actuallynatural in that rock, believe it or not.

And it also adds areally interestingfeature to the garden.

Another thing about thiswhole lot is that it was flat.

And I brought in soil andbuilt up this berm here, and bed, so thatthere was variation, so that you get a lotmore sense of depth and interest in the yard.

This is such a cool littlepine, this is called Schoodic, it's a banksiana pine, which usually goesmuch further north, but it loves to crawlover rocks like this.

Once again, you can seethe beautiful textures in the background, it really adds a lotof interest year-round.

Magnolia leaves contrasted with that's an Emily Brunner Holly, and the Cryptomeria andthe Green Giant Arborvitae.

This client also has thesemagnificent big containers.

These are actually copper, I think they're from Thailand, they're boutique dye pots.

They're big enoughthat you can grow really quite striking things.

This is a white pine, that isa light green in the summer, and turns brilliantgolden tips in the winter, it's called Winter Gold.

Very, very, very pretty plant.

And it's a lovelycontrast, once again, to the very darkgreen in the back.

This whole area over hereis a deep part of the bed.

And this is really, dog central back here.

Great place forthem to hang out.

This is a lovelylittle Chamaecyparis, called Split Rock.

I love the blue foliage onthis, and the frilliness of it.

It's really anunusual looking plant.

You'll notice thatmost everything thatwe've done back here is evergreen, but thereare things that are not.

For example, this bank ofbushes here, is a native holly, Ilex Verticilatta, called winterberry holly, this is Red Sprite.

Doesn't get real tall, it's just startingto set berries now, there's a male inthere called Jim Dandy which pollinates it.

In the winter, thisdrops all its leaves, but the red berriesreally show up.

Behind it, is a tree that's way biggerthan I thought it would get, so, live and learn.

We may have to do somethingabout that at some point, but right now itlooks pretty cool.

That is a Metasequoiacalled a dawn redwood.

And this variety is called Ogon, which actually meansgold in Japanese.

And that's supposedto be a slow grower, but it's quadrupledin size in four years.

We have anotherJapanese maple over here that sort of complements butdoesn't copy the coral bark.

This is one called Bihou.

Rounder, shorter, and in the winter, drops its leaves, and gets thesebeautiful, yellow, golden yellow tocoral orange twigs.

Really striking, very beautiful.

And I should mention, that behind all of this, are evergreens.

There's another Cryptomeria, there are Nellie StevensHollies back in this corner.

So when all of this goes down, there's still a green wall to continue the privacyof this backyard.

Look at these junipers.

This one is really commonit's called Daub's Frosted, and it's one of my favorites.

But my gosh, lookhow big it's gotten.

This is how they dowhen they're happy.

And it's got these amazinglittle yellow stems on it.

Which give it this interesting, almost bi-toned coloring.

Very distinctive.

And once again, a nicefeathery kind of foliage, lovely contrast bothin color and form, with the other things around it.

One of which is thisWeeping Atlas Cedar.

This is Cedrus atlanticaGlauca Pendula, people have theseall over the place.

But it's just such alovely specimen plant, this kind of powdery, blue-green foliage on here is really terrific.

I wanted to mentionthe magnolia behind it.

That one is called Kay Parris.

And it is an offspringof Little Gem, which everybody's familiar with.

And that thing, four yearsago it was six feet tall, so I guess it's a prettyquick grower, I would say.

You can see here's anotherone of these wonderful pots she's got, and this is atree-form Mugo Pine in here, really really handsome.

Nice ball shape, with these spready things andthese verticals around it.

This last tree on this side, leading back overto the exit gate, this is a lovely tree.

This is a Virginiapine, it's a native.

This particular varietyis called Wate's Golden.

And we keep it kind of prunedin a modified Hindu-Pan so you can really seeall kinds of structure.

This is the biggestcontainer in the yard, and it's a massive thing.

And we have a FernsprayGold Chamaecyparis in here, which we will keep pruned to balance correctly in the pot.

And I just love the way thisChartreusian gold bounces off.

She's got this lovelykind of lilac color to her house paint, andthere's the really nice contrast here thatworks really well.

Obviously containersare her thing.

She's got this succulentpot we put in for her, she loves that too.

This is one of thefew blooming things, and it's probablyjust about done.

This is an Illicium, whichis an American plant.

This is a hybrid sort, between a Mexican species and the Illicium floridanumwhich grows further south, but it's perfectly hardy here.

This one is calledWoodlander's Ruby, and it has these bigstar-shaped blooms that then producethese seed pods, it's obviously a fertile hybrid.

And it blooms in the spring.

It's a nicebroad-leaved evergreen, and it sure seems happy here.

This is a really unusual plant.

This is a Bald Cypress, but it's a varietycalled Peve Minaret.

and it is a dwarf fora Bald Cypress form.

And it has these extremelydense, close ways of growing.

Now, we put this in, it wasquite small, this coming winter, I'm gonna prune itback to keep it tighter and make it morethe form I want.

But for right now, it'sdoing this like this, and it really fillsthis corner nice, it takes the curse offthat corner of the house.

One of her dogs loves tomake tunnels in the grass.

Where he lived before, hehad a little hidey-hole in this big grass clump.

So when I put in this yard, I made a grassclump place for him.

This is a Miscanthus, this variety is Rigoletto.

This is an evergreen, thisis Compacta Chamaecyparis, really beautiful.

We keep this kind of open.

This was in a containerfor a long time, but we ended up puttingit in the ground.

In another container here, look at how well this is doing.

It's really nice.

This is a weeping red Japanesemaple, called Red Dragon.

And one of the things Ilike about this variety, is that it keeps itsred color really well over the course of the summer.

A lot of red Jap maples tend to go dark greenwhen it gets hot.

This one keeps itscolor better than most.

And it's certainly happy.

One thing I would say isthat we fertilize this one pretty heavily, with Holly-Tone, simply because in apot it hasn't got alot of foraging room for the roots, so we giveit extra good culture.

But it seems to certainlybe thriving there, and it really fills up.

And once again, that colorlooks so great against the house to my eye, it just reallyis a pleasing combination.

Around this roundflagstone patio, I wanted to repeatthat elevation change that makes a yard somuch more interesting than just a flat palette.

So we built up this little berm, brought in some goodsoil, landscape mix, and put these evergreens in.

This is another GoldenPacific Juniper, look how happy it is.

Shored it up with someinteresting rocks, which is what I've doneall over the place, just like at the waterfall.

This is a Dwarf White Pine, Eastern White Pine, called Green Twist.

Stays low, and you cansee why it's called this, it's got thesereally interesting, the needles twist and turn, unlike just a straight species.

So it adds this, onceagain, a really interesting textural qualityto this whole area.

But it's not gonna get sotall that from the house it's gonna blockher view beyond, to the rest of the yard.

But it adds a sense of nearand far to a small yard also, so it adds interest in that way.

This is a Dwarf BlueSpruce called Montgomery, or Montgomery Blue, I'veseen it called both things.

And my gosh, what a color.

Pretty spectacular.

If you look, you'vegot blue, gold, and then this Kelly green.

It's really quite thelittle showcase right here.

So you can see, Ithink that we've solved most of the design issuesthat were brought up in putting this yard together.

It is a sanctuary, it reallygives you a feeling of privacy.

Lovely to look at, fourseasons of the year, and the dogs dig it.

It's a really pleasingplace to come to, it's been wonderful tosee it unfold and grow, since it was put in.

And everybody seemsto be pretty happy, including the plants.

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