As soon as, whenever that will be, the utility line gets buried and the temporary power pole goes away, it will be a high priority to plant the entry way to the cozy cabin and the large section directly in front of the porch. This will be the primary focal point coming down the drive and the main bed that will anchor the cabin to the site.
I'm not planning a direct path from the front porch down to the basement patio. That would involve stair like steps and I feel it would interrupt a bed that needs to make a very strong opening statement. Instead the path will come down the garden accessory drive and cross the slope below the bed to get to the basement patio. A more direct path down to the patio will come from the rear kitchen door steps.
It's on a slope. This picture was taken one path further down that will go to the bottom of the sunny utility valley. You can just make out the path between the basement patio and the garden accessory road in the center of the slope.
Basically this bed has a rectangular shape with a ninety degree angle that comes to a sharp point, which I hate. That point will have to be smoothed off or rounded when I widen the path. Once I widen the path on this slope, I will end up with a steep cut in the slope and I think that means there is another dry stack stone wall in my future.
The question is, what in the hell am I going to plant in this bed to make a strong opening statement? It has to have winter interest, so it will need evergreens, but I don't think I could bare to look at sad and forlorn rhododendrons off my front porch when their leaves curl up in cold bitter misery. That's not the look I want when I am freezing.
Can't plant any full size trees because it is to close to the utility easement and I can't have any tragic misshapen trees in the opening statement. I will need some height though to step the cabin down from the height of the surrounding forest and to give the front windows a light dash of screening.
What I am going to plant?
This is just a gratuitous shot of the siding I managed to get on yesterday when it was sunny, sort of, and almost forty degrees. Today it was windy, in the twenties and with snow flurries on and off all day.
There will be a narrow foundation planting along this side of the cabin of course, between it and the driveway. Gas and water lines need to cross through first and the final grade for drainage established. Then what will I plant there?