alternate pathways, tree roots and looking up

front walkway through vegetable beds integrated among perennials backyard pathway leading to wooded area and driveway pathway al...

Monday, December 5, 2011

Native Plants

I spent most of the afternoon Sunday searching and reading about native plant species for Northern Indiana. I saved a few books to my Amazon "wish list" and bookmarked a few websites.

I found a garden plan that I would like to adapt for the front yard. The scene in the photo looks amazingly like the front yard here, except for the fact that I will need to have a tree removed. A big tree. The tree was going anyway, as soon as I can afford it and find a good arborist. The poor tree has been topped, suffered irreversible pruning damage and shows die back.

I would like the front yard to flow to the back side yard. The property is long and the back yard is narrow, but I can visualize this idea. Everyone seems to use the back door, entering from the alley and driveway. So. the front door is apparently just for looks... if I create a better flow between the two doors that will make the space much more usable.

I am in the process of sketching the layout, so I will update this post with a photo when I get it done.