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Any Ideas for Planning a New Landscaping Project?

So I moved into this house a couple months ago and once I finished my flooring and paint, I decided landscaping was next. Check out my pictures and let me know what you guys think. I want to know the strong points, the weak points and everything in between. Keep in mind, I am 23 years old, this is my first house, and first time ever planting anything. So any help or ideas are appreciated. Thanks in advance.

This is the house right as we moved into it. Not very nice looking landscaping, but grass that is nice and green.

This is after I did the brick work. I added some river rock and a couple small plants. There is a sago palm, 2 banana leaf looking things, and a queen palm. It is very easy to maintain.

This is the section that I am kind of excited about. I raised a planter right there, so as I grow flowers from seed, I can plant them there. I wanted an easy to maintain front yard, but that one area will be my pride and joy.

Another view, but with some pavers I installed to take up space and make it easier to walk.

New flowers around palm trees. They didn't do great at first, but they are getting better slowly.

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Are you looking for ideas specifically for the front yard?

Which direction does the house face--north, south, east, west?

Do you know what kind of soil you have? (You might have dug some up doing the brickwork--by the way, nice planter! :) )

Are you interested in annuals (flowers, vegetables) or perennials, or do you know yet?

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Well, I for sure am not a professional landscaper. I am happy with the brick work, and I am also happy that I don't have to spend alot of time keeping it up. I don't have much time as it is, and I would rather spend it in the back yard working on my vegies or something. The house faces north, I have a mix of sandy/ clay soil, and I'm not 100% sure what I want.

As I said before that planter is going to be the spot that I plant a bunch of stuff and I'll actually upkeep that area, but I don't really know what I'm doing as far as making it look good. I can plant stuff all day long and usually make it grow. But where to put and how to put stuff is not my forte.

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Browsing through a bunch of other completed projects is a great way to find inspiration, and for you to get an idea of the kind thing you want. Sites like YardShare.com or the magazine Better Homes and Gardens are great resources.

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yea, I've looked all over for ideas, and there is a ton of great ones... I just don't really know what types of plants look good with other plants. So I'm just looking for some ideas. Thanks..

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