I haven't really been able to put my finger on it, but something is missing here. The cabin side bed just doesn't sit right with me. It is a tough situation. A narrow bed that separates the cabin from the driveway and in the winter the snow tends to come off the roofs in a single sheet with a thud. This is a danger zone for woody plants. I have looked in to snow guards, but I prefer not to have the roofs hold all the extra weight while waiting for the snow to melt. That reminds me. I need to order some vent guards at the least.
I am sure as my baby Acer griseum grows to a larger size, part of this problem will be solved. There will be something of substance in the cabin side bed against that big blank wall. It is planted as far out from the roof as possible and right between the two roof lines. I have my fingers crossed.
It fell out of the ground at Client #1's as a mere seedling. I am not even really sure it isn't a hybrid between the Acer griseum and the other Japanese Maples in the garden. The striking red of the new foliage set it apart from the other plain green seedlings. It also does not seem very inclined to grow straight up. I saw Acer griseum in the nursery the other day for $120 bucks. I'm quite happy with my free seedling of questionable parentage.
The bottle edging still bugs me too. The bottles rise higher out of the ground as the ground got harder the closer to the service entrance I went. That needs to be fixed. It needs a little more pizazz of some sort too. I'm just not sure what. Rocks of course are always available, but I am a bit bored with rocks. I'll think on it some more.
Right now plants just sort of end up in the new beds when they present themselves or plant themselves and don't get removed. I have contemplated using some of the larger ornamental grasses for bulk. They would get squashed, but they would survive the big thud of snow. Somehow though they just don't seem right for the cabin side bed.
Landscape designers can be completely incapable of designing their own gardens, at least this one seems to be.
I could just fill the whole bed with tall annuals every year. Zinnias are good. I even collected a whole bunch of seeds from some purple Cleome, Spider Flowers, at the posh estate as a possibility for next year.