Here are the photos I promised yesterday. First, to refresh your memory, the before picture:
Same view from our family room, after:
Another view from ground level:
We spaced the Arborvitae (again, the “arbs” as they were called at the nursery) 30″ apart. They will eventually form a privacy hedge and will grow 8-10 feet.
The dogwoods (or “dogs” as I’m assuming those cool nursery dudes are calling them) are spaced about 4 feet apart. These will eventually form a thicket, but they’ll only grow about three feet. To the right of the “dogs” and in front of the garage (see middle photo) we’ll be planting an American Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis), which is the native variety of elderberry. That has some nice-looking clusters of white flowers and should grow about 10-feet wide and 10-feet tall.
For the rest of the area, we’re thinking of something involving native grasses and maybe a small herb garden. We may start tearing up the sod in other parts of the yard as early as this weekend to start making way for the prairie, more shrubs for privacy screens and eventually a patio. The neighbors who live in our previous house may be getting rid of the flagstone patio that we spent a back-breaking week building many years ago, so we offered to take it off their hands. We’re hoping they decide to do it, although we’re not looking forward to moving it. It would be worth it though, so fingers crossed.