Hmmm, well, I’m sure junipers and pines do grow out here, but they’d completely overwhelm my teeny, tiny back yard. The total square footage is only about 275sf!
We’ve got the beginnings of my landscape plan started, but I’ve gotten to the point where I need a professional to come in and finish things off, and perhaps make some suggestions I haven’t thought of. In anticipation of hiring a landscape design company, I started a web page I could direct prospective contractors to so they could see the size and scope of my project before even having to come out in person, though it’s still a work in progress and doesn’t include any of the side yard (where we want to remove a row of while oleander, put up a trellis and arbor and possibly plant zinfandel grapes), or the front yard, which isn’t really a yard so much as a couple of small planting beds that front the house, and that strip of land between the sidewalk and street, but I digress.
Anyway, what I’m most interested in are answers to the areas marked as #1 and #7. We love having a yard that has at least some grass, but the original landscaper installed a completely inappropriate kind of grass for our needs. We asked for something low-maintenance and slow-growing, since it’s so small and in such an odd configuration for the purposes of mowing. What we got was Marathon II, which grows like crazy, almost necessitating twice-weekly mowing and edging throughout the spring and summer. Ugh! So I found this “stepable” ground cover that looks very much like grass, and gets these pretty little flowers on it during the spring (link on the above page).
At first glance, it seems like it would be the perfect solution, as our yard has the perfect conditions for it, and except for getting to the rock garden to pull weeds, etc., we really wouldn’t be walking on it as most lawns usually get walked on. However the info page on it says it’s not recommended for lawns. I just wonder if that’s because they assume a much larger area than we are working with, and much higher traffic than what ours would get? The pictures on that site sure make it look awfully lawn-like. Is it at all within the realm of possibility that that particular plant would work in our space? And if so, how much of it would we need to plant in order to cover what’ll probably only come to about 175sf, more or less?
And is there anything we can do about our gorgeous red fountain grass having gotten so lush and full that it completely overpowers the space we put it in?
That all depends – are we talking U.S. currency, Canadian currency, or, maybe, Danish Kroner?
Thanks in advance for any light you can shed on either of these two plants!