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    Quote Originally Posted by Lively Stone View Post
    Sounds like a plan to me! Sometimes just a nice foundation of stone or pea gravel can be a good base to work with, without planting at all. Adding chairs, and side tables and personal items of interest can make a shady place so inviting! Your overheated and sunned-out friends would love to visit in the cool shade of your yard!
    hmmmmm....that has potential! This was my backyard in the Winter when I first moved here 5 years ago: (sorry....the pic was too large, so I'm including a link instead) http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y25...backcorner.jpg

    I've put in several shrubs, and perennials/bulbs since then, so it doesn't look nearly as bare. BUT, thinking about your suggestion, I wonder if I brought that shade area out further into the yard (digging up part of the grass) and took my wrought iron table and chairs down there, if it wouldn't become a more usable space? Not to mention it would mean I need new deck furniture...a win-win situation if I ever saw one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lista View Post
    hmmmmm....that has potential! This was my backyard in the Winter when I first moved here 5 years ago: (sorry....the pic was too large, so I'm including a link instead) http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y25...backcorner.jpg

    I've put in several shrubs, and perennials/bulbs since then, so it doesn't look nearly as bare. BUT, thinking about your suggestion, I wonder if I brought that shade area out further into the yard (digging up part of the grass) and took my wrought iron table and chairs down there, if it wouldn't become a more usable space? Not to mention it would mean I need new deck furniture...a win-win situation if I ever saw one!
    Nice, you have no neighbors behind you...is that a little creek back there too?

    There are lots of shade perennials available including different kinds of hostas:

    My Yard, Summer 2015-shade-garden-ideas-4-jpg


    What did you plant, do you have an 'after' pic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lista View Post
    hmmmmm....that has potential! This was my backyard in the Winter when I first moved here 5 years ago: (sorry....the pic was too large, so I'm including a link instead) http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y25...backcorner.jpg

    I've put in several shrubs, and perennials/bulbs since then, so it doesn't look nearly as bare. BUT, thinking about your suggestion, I wonder if I brought that shade area out further into the yard (digging up part of the grass) and took my wrought iron table and chairs down there, if it wouldn't become a more usable space? Not to mention it would mean I need new deck furniture...a win-win situation if I ever saw one!
    Oh, yes! You have so much wonderful potential there! It's gorgeous!!! I am sure now that winter's on its way, you can spend some time planning and dreaming. That's what I'm doing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by krystian View Post
    Nice, you have no neighbors behind you...is that a little creek back there too?

    There are lots of shade perennials available including different kinds of hostas:

    My Yard, Summer 2015-shade-garden-ideas-4-jpg

    What did you plant, do you have an 'after' pic?
    What a wonderful photo...whose yard is that?

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    K...I'll have to post an after pic in the Spring...I just went through and butchered it with the loppers, and pulled out all the weeds, so right now it looks like a barren waste-land.

    I'll post a before and after of the front yard when it's in full bloom...I love it!

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