A total yard makeover focuses on woody plants

Today’s GPOD comes from Lin Sime:

My husband and I live less than 10 minutes from downtown Eugene, OR (we are in Zone 8). We used mulch on top of cardboard to get rid of most of the front lawn and all of the back. Most of what I chose to replace it with are shrubs. I call it “my shrub forest,” both in the front and back. Fall has always been my favorite season, so I chose numerous shrubs for their changing foliage plus some small evergreens. Now that most or all of my shrubs are in the ground, I concentrate on a few annuals and perennials to add, especially in back.

Himalayan huckleberry (Vaccinium glaucoalbum)

Our front yard black tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica) in the parking strip, thanks to “Friends of Trees Eugene".

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Indian Summer’ is lovely with any fall foliage. This is Fothergilla ‘Mount Airy’.

The view from our patio door shows some small evergreens, red pineapple sage (Salvia elegans) flowers, and a path curving to the right. ‘Black Dragon’ Japanese cedar (Cryptomeria japonica 'Black Dragon') and a spreading yew are most prominent.

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