We are going to start landscaping this weekend. The builder had landscaped the front of the house but nothing in the back. Since we moved here in August we just decided to wait until this year to do all our landscaping.
I am pretty excited. First we are going to put in 8 - 10 crape myrtle trees. I LOVE LOVE LOVE these trees. They are so pretty, they bloom for up to 120 days and they will grow 15 - 20 feet in about 5 years. I just don't know if I should mix colors or choose 1 straight color. But aren't they pretty? This is another benefit of moving to NC. We never had these trees up North.
So besides the trees, Matt is putting in a stone patio, we are doing flowering bushes (not sure what type yet) around the deck, doing some more to the front, and debating on whether to screen in our deck. I am also doing a garden, but that won't be for a few more weeks.
Where the problem lies is the soil and the heat. We have been blessed to live in one of the only places around here that isn't clay. Instead we have a lovely mixture of sand and clay. Talk about making what to plant difficult. Add on top of that the heat and drought and we have landscaping woes. Being from the North it was always easy to know what to plant.
I'm sure I will take lots of pictures. In the meantime, if any of you, especially you southerners have ideas on what to plant, I would love some suggestions.