Yard Planning

This past Friday I had the fun of having a landscape architect / botanist come to our house to give us a consultation on what to do with our backyard.

I think we needed it.

You can see we have a slight problem with weeds, a steep bank, and a lot of space.

And some rocks.

It’s totally a little overwhelming and it is easy to make really expensive mistakes on a project this size, so we decided to spend a little money up front on some good advice.

 These are some of the plants she recommended for us with our yard being a zone 2 or 3.

Ostrich fern

Ostrich Fern





Miss Kim lilac

Miss Kim Lilac


 Bearberry (or kinnikkinnik)

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Dwarf Mugo Pine

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Showy Mountain Ash

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Ivory Halo Dogwood

Red Leaf Rose

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Snow on Mountain

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Wild Ginger

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Dwarf European Cranberry

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I can’t wait for the snow to melt so we can get going.  We won’t be able to do it all this year, in fact it is probably going to take a few years to do it all, but we are going to get some black dirt in, sow some grass seed, and buy a few of these pretty plants!

I love spring.

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