Landscaping for Privateness in Portland Small Entrance Yard


Portland front yard landscape design with Magnolia grandiflora and white flowering dogwood

Small metropolis entrance yard with new Magnolia grandiflora ‘Teddy Bear’ and current magnificent Cornus x ‘Venus’, a white flowering dogwood cross between our PNW dogwood and a illness resistant Korean dogwood.

This small metropolis entrance yard was enjoyable as a result of my shoppers Sam and Austin love vegetation and Sam specifically was itching to get his palms within the soil.  They wished to see 12 months spherical vegetation within the entrance yard from inside the home and sit on the entrance porch with out wanting into the neighbor’s home windows throughout the road.  We had good success with our design and numerous enjoyable and pleasure….however I acknowledge that as they settled into their new metropolis dwelling, they wished much more screening.

Before photos for Portland landscape design

Flowering dogwood gives front yard privacy in landscape design.

Right here is the view from the lounge image window in Might. Cornus x ‘Venus’ has 5″ throughout white flowers and fantastic fall coloration. We designed round this current treasure, a dogwood cross between our PNW dogwood and a illness resistant Korean dogwood.

Now most of my shoppers don’t need experiments with plant choice.  They need my tried and true vegetation positioned to my spacing necessities.  I persist with my spacing necessities particularly for bushes and the spacing is a part of the worth of a panorama design that may suit your property.  Most of us don’t need our vegetation to overwhelm the area and one another or wish to referee with a number of pruning. However Sam is a gardener and loves a bit trial and error.

Before and after photos of Portland front yard landscape design for privacy.

After picture of this N.E. Portland ‘No Garden’ Panorama Design on Planting Day.

Extra Privateness Plantings for Small Metropolis Entrance Yard

He has added  extra Magnolia to the parking strip to vastly enhance blocking the view of the town avenue and house constructing.  Me, I look into the long run 10 years or much less and see the panorama too crowded however Sam in contrast to most of my shoppers, is ready to prune and form.  He has acquired that entire no worry gardening factor going for him so I’m excited to see the way it works.  Metropolis residing requires inventive and totally different approaches for privateness, possibly even breaking the principles.

Sam, Austin and I labored carefully with Donna Burdick (D & J Panorama Contractors) for the panorama set up.

Crops for this N.E. Portland entrance yard

An important specification was making a display of vegetation to see from inside the home with out burying the allure and curb attraction of the house’s entrance entry porch. Our plantings have to work with and improve the prevailing fabulous Dogwood tree.  The type was a mixture of NW Pure and Cottage Backyard.  We had different specs corresponding to low water, pollinator pleasant, perfume.

Purchasers Favourite Crops in Entrance Yard

Acer palmatum is a dramatic focal point for Portland yard.

Acer palmatum ‘Shaina’ at a consumer’s massive woodland backyard – additionally used because the dramatic focus.

The Shaina Japanese Crimson Maple (Acer palmatum ‘ Shaina’)  is  the favourite plant.  I chosen it for it’s dramatic orange crimson spring coloration and likewise the form.  It’s a bit boxy which is difficult for Japanese maple to even do since most are both weeping or have upright however sleek branching constructions however Shaina’s “boxy” outcome matches in smaller landscapes.  My shoppers simply love how vibrant the crimson foliage is.

We had performed round with a pear tree for the entry stroll however this was discarded for a slender evergreen Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’.  This tree was chosen by Sam for screening the road and vehicles as seen from the entrance porch and the angled view from the lounge window.  The again yard has fruit bushes.

Spring Flowering Heather in privacy landscaping design in Portland.Three aromatic vegetation, all evergreens begins with Daphne odora,  Mexican Orange (Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’),  and semi evergreen Daphne t. ‘Everlasting Perfume’. These aromatic vegetation all bloom at totally different occasions of the 12 months.

We thought we’d sit on the small entrance porch however as soon as the again yard design was completed they discover this hardly ever happens.

Japanese anemone planted in Portland privacy landscaping.

Japanese Anemone


Plantings for a small metropolis entrance yard

Much less flashy however glorious decrease upkeep vegetation embody spring flowering heather (February, March April), Iris x pacifica Rio Dorada (April and Might), an evergreen Iris,  the hardy geranium groundcover Geranium x cantabrigense ‘Karmina’ flowers in Might, June and July underneath the mature dogwood.  Japanese anemone, Anemone huphensis late summer time flower add flower energy at totally different occasions of the 12 months and supply good groundcover and engaging foliage when not in flower.

Smaller Hydrangeas to suit small metropolis entrance yard

The shoppers love mop head flowered hydrangea so we have now 3 within the entrance.  Once more dimension is a crucial consideration.  There may be not sufficient room for the everyday  6′ x 6′ hydrangea so I specified the dwarf Hydrangea macrophyla ‘Pia’ and a couple of of the newer semi dwarf varieties known as the Metropolis Line Collection ‘Rio’ .  Rio must be solely 4′ x 4′ or much less and can give my consumer the extra conventional blue and purple flower heads.  Pia is so reliably smaller than most, (and a very good plant) at lower than 3′ x 3′ however she’s going to keep a pink mop head flower for a few years and finally go to a purple pink.  Many individuals like the normal blue flower.

Pacific Northwest Native Crops

We even have a bit of pure Pacific Northwest native vegetation on the far aspect of the Dogwood tree.  These are Vaccinium ovatum, native huckleberry, nice for native bees and birds, Mahonia aqufolium, Tall Oregon grape for pollinators together with Anna hummingbirds.  We’ve got used PNW sword fern to good impact and it integrates a lot of the entrance yard plantings.  We wish to get Oregon phacelia, a floor cowl, going with the opposite natives however thus far seeds haven’t been profitable.  Oregon phacelia can go away small burrs in a canines fur so not greatest with lengthy furred canines btw. My seeding efforts at my property has additionally failed so clearly there’s a trick to it I do not need but.  Sam has had an excellent crop of the Tellima grandiflora (fringe cup) and that plant is working very effectively so if the Oregon phacelia doesn’t occur,  we nonetheless have nice native vegetation for pollinators.


Portland privacy landscaping.

Earlier than Panorama Design in a Day this household had no yard for youths play space, and no privateness simply garden and a white picket fence.


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Do you like metropolis residing however need extra privateness and allure to your entrance yard?  Going garden much less?  We like to create panorama designs with our metropolis shoppers.

My subsequent weblog is a couple of household with 3 youngsters residing within the metropolis with no yard, no place to play and no privateness for eating and hanging out.  Their new dwelling, (an exquisite Portland Outdated Home) is on a nook which is at all times difficult.  What to do?  Coming quickly.


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