They satisfy my need for a balance between form and function.
Is that what appeals to you also, by chance?
BTW ---> for you!
I am not saddened by leaving my old house behind.
It was my first masterpiece.
It was a HUGE learning experience.
I built up the landscape beginning with drainiage control and installation of limestone boulder beds in the front yard for setting up the palette. ($5,000)
Then I invested in two specimen palm trees for the front yard to initiate the prime aesthetic effect desired ($1,000)
The backyard was landscaped for scenery, and also to be low maintenance where the lard was low + one more specimen palm tree. ($2,750)
Two new levels of decks were installed in the back to create a three-level tiered area for entertainmnet of various kinds. ($3,000)
The rest was filled in over time as I bought beautiful specimens (trees, bushes, vines, etc.) and also was given some by neighbors.
It all came together beautifully.
My goal with the new house is to create an equally impressive and functional landscape at half the cost.
I also want it ot be as low mainteneance as possible.
My belief is that a blend of 70% bushes/trees positioned appropriately with 30% perennial flowering plants disperesed amongst the primary foliage creates a yard that looks good year round, and has dashes of beauty and flair as each flowering specimen makes its appearance each year.