This home is totally stunning and it’s so simple.
- Everything is black – the walls, the gate, the trim – except the stark white window trim, roofline and eaves, and porch light.
- Turquoise blue front door.
- Repetition of a just a few foliage plants.
- The same plant as a low round shrub and as a tree standard. I’m not totally sure what this is, but you could do this with Pittosporum, Privet or Indian Hawthorn.
- The flat silver ground cover ties in with the silver leaves of the tree. Try Cerastium (Snow in Summer) for a low silver ground cover.
- Sago Palms in low, wide terra-cotta containers.
- Podocarpus does it all. Here, it is trained on the wall and grown as a tree.
- Low boxwood hedges the same height as the bench they surround frame the entry.
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See more Podocarpus being awesome and versatile here.
Forgotten, neglected, underused: the side yard.
This is a nice solution for side yards that are too narrow to be anything but a pass through and only get sun in the middle of the day. Podocarpus is underplanted with Blue Moor Grass (Sesleria caerulea) and Black Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’). Half of the Podocarpus are left as shrubs and half are limbed up as small trees. Hardscaping is kept simple and high quality.
‘Podocarpus is too common and boring’ you say. This side yard is anything but boring. More like stunning, modern, minimal, and elegant. And there’s a reason it’s so common: it’s hardy, it can take some shade, it can take some drought. It’s pest free. You can prune it as a shrub or prune it as a tree. It fits in those awkward and demanding spaces where you need something tall and narrow that can take shade and neglect. Podocarpus is reliable and always looks good. Graceful appearance notwithstanding, Podocarpus is one tough mofo.
More side yard/small yard goodness here: A Tiny Garden Done Right.