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Dwarf Cedar Trees

When I had my pool installed, in my new outdoor living area I did all of the landscaping myself with manual power – that was a story in itself. Next, I had to find and plant the right trees, shrubs and plants to finish the pool backdrop I desired. I wanted to create a semi-tropical paradise setting that would make my family and friends feel as if they were in a resort. Here is how I did it.

First, I had to consider the logistics of my layout. The garden area I that I built led from a flagstone patio bordering the back of the house down in three separate tiers with the lowest tier sitting about two feet higher than the pool itself; each tier was bordered by a quarry stone retaining wall. Since the flagstone patio already had existing perennial flowers and low shrubs along the first tier, I decided to create a garden that would reach upwards from there to peak on the middle tier then drop down again on the lowest tier; I wanted the garden view to be visually aesthetic from both the flagstone patio above and the pool deck patio below. I also had a set of flagstone steps leading down from the upper patio to the pool deck on one end of the garden and a newly constructed sloped pathway – again, another story – at the other end of the garden. These features would need to be complimented as well by the garden.

Now I had to select, place and plant medium-sized trees that would achieve my desired effect. Before I did anything else I had to move a very heavy eight foot split leaf green Japanese maple that was dug up root ball and all into the middle tier – that too is a story in itself. This tree would form a key element of the garden. I placed a red bloodgood maple beside it so that the two trees divided that middle tier into three relatively equal parts. I then planted two more bloodgoods at each end of the upper tier. Between these two trees I planted two equally spaced split-leaf golden tiger-eye sumacs which I intend to keep trimmed in semi-bonzai fashion shorter than the maples. All of these trees established the framework for form and colour of the finished product.

Next, came the addition of shrubs and plants that would fill in the gaps and finish the scene. To start, five tall ornamental grasses, three green and two variegated, were interspersed evenly among the trees; they add a bamboo-like appearance. Then I planted a ruby magnolia shrub at the bottom corner of the sloped pathway; the exotic blossoms and rich, broad green leaves add well to semi-tropical look. From that point I put in a row of five false cypress shrubs along the border of one end of the poolside lowest tier; these I will eventually trim from the bottom up to form a raised hedge of umbrella shapes. Further along this tier, below the green maple I placed three dwarf cedar shrubs in a tight triangle; once again, I intend to trim them low in a crude bonzai fashion for a tropical effect. To create a waterfall effect down along the steps I planted three split-leaf weeping japanese maples, one on each level; they will remain short but grow together to flow down the edge of the steps.

Finally, in a smaller garden on the far side of the pool, to establish a sense of balance and variety, I planted three smokebush shrubs, two purple and one golden, flanked by a rose of sharon at each end and fronted by several medium-sized ornamental grasses. In addition, in a number of smaller plots around the perimeter of my outdoor living area, I have a number of small trees and shrubs such as dogwoods and elderberries in black lace and golden-green, that mimic the form and colour of the main landscape garden; plus, several climbing plants adorn the fences, including honeysuckle, roses and clematis.

There it is – that is how I planted my pool landscaping garden project to create a semi-tropical looking homemade resort in my outdoor living area. At this point my new landscape is developing much as I envisioned it. In the near future I intend to add a number of cedar garden accessories that will add to the dignity and aesthetics of my creation.Image Source: http://images.google.com Continue reading

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