I just moved to a place in the country on six acres of land ~ treed, brook, and open "meadow" as a back yard. There are several huge roundish shrubs (kind of have the needles of a yew, could be) up next to the house on the north and south side. Beyond the house, about thrity feet away there are some large fruit trees and some large cedars ~ some of them are standing flanked together, others are singlely here and there. There is at least a full acre of clear field as backyard. There are no flowers anywhere except for a bleeding heart and hosta on either side of the front door, flanked by (you guessed it) one of those huge green shrubs.
I need some help figuring out where to go from here. I see lovely landscaped scenes in the houses around me ~ a lone magnolia surrounded by low ground cover, a couple of small evergreen trees looming over a splash of tulips, a wistful array of jacobs ladder, coneflowers, cranesbill, and garden phlox in a carefree plot. All deftly carved in the ground with lush black dirt and cedar. Beautiful. But I haven't got a clue how to create that look/feel in my BIG backyard. I need a plan.
I've got a driveway lined with pots of Clethra, forsythia, wisteria, beauty bush, hostas, geraniums, sedum, peonies, lilies, poppies, and a dozen other things I dug out of my last place that I don't know the name of. Where do I put it all. How do I create little pockets of gardening delight in this huge, undesigned field.
Please help. If you know of a design website or have some suggestions of your own, I would be most grateful. I've got to get stuff in the ground before it all dies.
Thank you very much for reading my post and for your consideration.