How was your weekend? Mine was full of rain. Sigh :( Me and rain have developed a love/hate relationship over the past 8 months. I love it because it breaks up the 300+ sunny days we have here but I hate it because it turns my yard into a mud pit. You probably need to see my yards for this to make more sense...
Basically, we have a front courtyard, a weird side alley yard, and a backyard:
The front courtyard has some decomposed granite for ground cover but it stops right where the front our of house begins.
Please ignore the unruly hose and the pipes we wrapped with towels so they don't freeze when it drops to 30 degrees at night...
I didn't know this until I had my final walkthrough before closing on our house. I asked our construction supervisor where the rest of our landscaping was and he pointed at the courtyard and said "this is it." That means the rest of our yard is dirt. Dirt that grows algae when water sits on it too long:
So. Gross. That's part of our weird side alley that runs into our backyard:
Those rock piles are supposed to help keep the water that rushes out of our roof's scuppers from pooling in place but, as you can see, they don't help much.
Here's the same side alley looking towards the front courtyard from the backyard:
I have no idea what to do with the space. It definitely needs some ground cover and maybe a few plants? Something like this would be cool:
[ Image via Houzz ]
Anyway, our backyard is a little less muddy but still very bare:
I'd love to plant a few plants underneath the window to the left:
I bought it a last weekend for $25 and had initially planned on planting it underneath the window. My plans changed when I did a little Googling and learned that the kind of agave I got can grow to be 8-10 feet wide and 6-8 feet high. Let that sink in for a minute. I've got a monster plant on my hands and I don't know what to do with it!
Ignore the fire pit, it's going on Craigslist. I bought it about a month after I moved out here and I think it's only been used 3 times in almost 5 years.
Also ignore the patio furniture. It was the dining set in our old condo but we put it on the patio when we moved into our house because it was too small for our new dining room and we didn't know what to do with it. We're hoping to get some new furniture this year but we'll see what happens. Ground cover is more important right now since monsoon season is coming up.
Anyway, when I bought the agave, I found out that the guy that runs the greenhouse at the place I bought it from does landscaping on the side. He's been doing it for 25 years and gets a lot of the plants for his greenhouse at a nursery that's right down the road from my house. He said he'd be willing to give me a consultation and I think I'm going to take him up on his offer because I'm lost when it comes to what to do with our yard.
I've pinned a few ideas that I think could be cool:
But it'd be nice to get a professional's opinion!
Is your yard landscaped? Did you do it yourself or hire the pro's?