The plan in my head calls for expanding the flowerbeds out from the house foundation, across the strip of grass, over to the south side azalea border. The we’ll place a white arbor (wood, or maybe vinyl-clad wood) in this new flowerbed to serve as an entrance from the front yard to the south side yard.
- be mostly evergreen to screen the yard all four seasons
- have fragrance at least some parts of the year
- have flowers or intereseting foliage most of the spring/summer/fall season
- not grow too tall – 8ft max at maturity
- be somewhat fast growers so we get the effect we want right away
- be ok with shade to the right of the arbor and hot afternoon sun to the left of the arbor
- be ok with clay soil
- be somewhat deer resistant
So far, I’m thinking at least hydrangea, roses, dwarf Alberta spruce, maybe some azalea. Holly, cherry laurel and boxwood are evergreen choices that could work, but I’d love to try some plants I’ve never used before… would Deutzia work here? How about something pyramidal that doesn’t get too tall? (Is there a blue spruce that doesn’t grow to be a ba-jillion feet tall?)
I’ve been thinking and planning and researching and pinning… in general, driving myself crazy.
Which arbor style should we choose?