Jason Cameron offers these tips for remedying this desperate landscape:
1. Paint the trim and widow lintels of the house with complementing colors to highlight the rich colors in the stone. Get paint samples in natural browns to see what colors works best. Don’t paint the natural limestone of the house.
2. Install wood shutters on the windows and paint them to complement the limestone.
3. Plant a large conical evergreen such as ‘Green Giant’ arborvitae (Thuja plicata) on the left corner of the house and a large flowering shrub such as Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Shasta’ on the right corner. Eventually topping out at about 50 feet tall, the arborvitae will help to balance the house with the large tree on the right end. Be sure to plant both the arborvitae and the viburnum at least 8 feet away from the roof overhang of the house to allow for their width as they mature.
Then fill area the area across the front of the house with a mixture of shorter evergreen shrubs such as ‘Densa’ inkberry holly Ilex glabra) and flowering deciduous shrubs such as Spirea japonica ‘Shirobana’.
4. Install a sidewalk or stepping-stone path from the driveway under the tree to the front door. Plant shade-loving plants such as hosta along both sides of the walkway.
5. Paint the front door a bright color and flank with large containers. Fill the planters with bright flowering annuals to draw the eye to the front entrance and welcome visitors to your home.
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