Traditional/Transitional House In New Jersey - USA zip code 07901. Please See attached USDA Zone Chart. http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/
When Designing this plan keep in mind we are on a corner lot of a busy street. The lot is square and about 7500sq ft in size. We are looking for a magical garden with nooks. Areas for annual splashes of color combined with the functionality and of mature perennial structure. We have budget for large mature plantings and trees if need be. 5+ caliper. We dont want to wait years to majestic grounds.
My Husband likes the sound of water so the combination of fountains would be nice. We were thinking that the wall on the back of the garage would be a great place for a water fall since almost no sun shines in that area and it would be hard to grow plants.
There are no deer in summit NJ so no need for deer resistant plants. I have heard there are rabbits in summit that are a nuisance. I would like to incorporate fruits, herbs and vegetables into the garden as well.
Using Landscaping for Privacy: (Note how the top of 1st floor windows are a solid 12-14' from ground level.
Kitchen: Front of house and North facing windows
Library: South facing windows
TV Room: Shade for Daily Southern exp Sun
Master Bed: North Closet Window and South facing street
There is a brook that runs along the edge of the property. Would like some sort of barrier but not necessarily a fence or a wall.
Barrier Between Houses:
By code there must be some sort of privacy divider between Houses on North side of property on the rear half proving some but not necessarily solid separation.
Plants and Trees I am interested in but not limited to:
Weeping Willow By Brook
Buttonbush (By Water)
Tulips in Spring
Columnar English Oak (Tall Narrow)
Striped Maple (Shade Tolerant)
Mountain Maple (Maple Sugar Source)
Gray Alder ( Small sun loving tree)
Allegheny serviceberry ( Shrub with edible fruits - delicate white flowers)
Blue and Paper Birch trees
Redbud (Flowering tree)
Magnolia ( Flowering tree)
Common Persimmon Tree
Silver Linden tree
Driveway and hardscape:
Driveway is zoned to be 2 cars wide at garage/side door entry which chokes down to a 1.5car ~19' wide at the street side sidewalk entry from the south.
We envision some sort of south side path to front porch stairs which is not predominant on the grounds. The same for perhaps a rear path to the rear kitchen porch facing the west. The large gas meter is located on the Northeast corner facing north and should be minimized. Also on the west wall of the garage is a small structure with a roof which will contain 3 garbage cans and in the middle of that wall centered on the west garage wall a tall structure which has 2 generators stacked one low one high. We have carpenters making cedar wood fencing to attach to the 3 sides of this generator stack. It protrudes about 3.5' from the brick and is about 5' wide centered under the garage windows. It could be hidden w any good idea including perhaps ivy too.
The town does not allow any overnight street parking. So when kids and friends grow up we were thinking of a side parking spot on/in the grass to the west of the driveway in the backyard which would allow sort of a hidden 1car driveway extension. There are grass-based tough driveway solutions out search "grass pavers" a few of them are almost entirely hidden.