Nashville Backyard Patio Space

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Hi there all of the new images will appear below this one in a sequence. I will be posting notes between the images. Please feel free to send me messages through the form at the bottom it is easy to use just read the message and drag a small image to the larger one. Talk to you soon.


In the above image you can see the house from above looking down. I have just a basic patio installed this is just the beginning and there is still lots to do.


In the above and image below you can see from above the back yard area. I will be adding more patio shapes with beds shortly.


Thank you so much for your patience. If you need to get me a message the form below is a great way because I get it on my phone as well as in email.

New Images Below


In the above image you can see a tan flagstone patio with two steps, the beds are respresented by a gray stone.


In the above top down image you can see the beds wrapping around two sides of the patio with perennials, two Dwarf Alberta Spruces, and boulders.


Some of the plants in the image are Hidecoat Blue Lavender, Purple Cone Flower, Hostas ( full sun variety ), Yarrow, and a Grass that is already in the bed.


I would like some feedback to know what elements you like and what you would like to see changed.


New Images of two ideas below:

1st Perennial garden with Mulch







2. Pond Xeriscape






Newest Backyard Patio and Landscaping Images Below This Point

Below are two different plants at the end of the walkway. The first is a Blue Arrow Juniper and the second is a type of Hinoki Cypress ( Cripsii ).

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Below you can see I have added a small trellis with pink Roses to represent the Rose you will have there.


In the below image you can see the pond has been moved to the right side.


In this batch of images I have removed the table with the umbrella and chairs so you can have a more clear view of everything.


Below is a top down view of the entire area.


In the right corner I have a Japanese Aucuba ( Gold Dust ).


Fire Pit Added to Design with Seating


In these fire pit seating wall images I have added Hostas ( Fragrant Blue variety ), a fire pit, seating benches, and Horsetail Reed Grass in the pond / waterfall.

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Took out the Clematis and Put in a Camelia ( The best camelia I had in my stock images is a light green )

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I will be looking for an email from you.



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  1. Kim Hipps October 18, 2014 6:35 pm 

    Dear Dalton,
    I’m so sorry it’s taken so long to get back this week. Can you believe Evan and I came down with a Flu bug as well this week?! Still not back on my feet and Dan and I have just now had time to look at it together and discuss it.

    First, I love where you are going with this and the plant choices I think will be great there as long as the lavender isn’t over mulched. More than likely i will pop spring bulbs in as well at some point. Maybe a few tulips in the sunniest area. I like how you’ve given it the solid structure i can work with!

    As to the water element, I feel it should be to the right, not the left, in the shadier spot up near the spigot where the water is easily accessible. I can see about having that spigot brought up if needed. . It sits just a few inches off the ground right now.

    The Arbor is a nice Idea but I think we prefer to just do the straight out patio and then in phase (3?) build a gazebo with a path that leads from the patio to the Gazebo about Center yard for shady sitting and entertaining. 🙂 We may even do a screened gazebo so Dan can sit out without getting bit by gnats or mosquitos in summer. I’m kind of thinking the Gazebo area is where we may also add a cooking element of some kind.

    I actually prefer the mulched concept, but of course that’s more maintenance. Could you give me some kind of idea on what you’d charge for re mulching every year? Should I consider stone around the herbs and mulch around perennials and shrubs? Maybe a mixed mulch/stone in some way? Just thinking out loud.

    Love that you added a butterfly bush. I just LOVE those!

    So it looks like it’s level to the door and then 2 long steps going down to the second patio area, correct?

    I want to keep the iron trellis I have where the chimney/fireplace area pops out in Garden, keep the clematis there and add a climbing rose that I used to have there that did fabulous. It was a mini. I’ll have to locate it. I’ll plan on putting that there by spring. It’s a pink rose and I think it will go great with the plant choices you’ve selected. I have a white & purple clematis there now.

    I want to add a little yellow moonbeam coreopsis as an annual/perrenial in there somewhere as it has also done well there. It came back and spread for a few years and then got to moist from some heavy raining and eventually died. But it was a favorite & I know it will look great in there somewhere.

    I hope this helps you.
    Again, so sorry it’s been entire week since I said I’d do this. Dan has a lot of functions during the week sometimes so it’s hard for even us to connect about things sometimes.

    Thank you so much for all your hard work and creativity! It’s very much appreciated.
    We look forward to working with you more on this.

    Kim Hipps

    • Landscaper October 22, 2014 3:00 am 

      I am going to be moving the water element in that design to the right, yes I have the patio designed with two steps coming down and will be changing it at some point soon unless you like it that way.

  2. Kim Hipps October 19, 2014 9:53 pm 

    Hi Dalton,
    Was looking at this again, and wanted to note to you that I definitely prefer the landscaping with the path through it and the tree at the end to anchor it all like you have in the mulched perennial bed photos. It’s very natural and will make adding onto it around the house later easy, as I want a stone path over there in that shady area as well, with no grass maintenance at all. It grows moss on that North side that’s actually beautiful, so I thought I’d keep it moist and mossy with all the ferns, hostas etc…The plan you have will transition to that nicely.

    Is that tree at the end a White Crepe Myrtle or Fothergilla? I prefer the small conical evergreen rendering too with the grasses too. Is that Dwarf Alberta Spruce?



    • Landscaper October 22, 2014 2:55 am 

      Hi there the white blooming tree is a Vitex or ( Chaste Tree ) and it gives a light airy appearance, the blooms I run across most often are lavender colored. The image in the my program has them as white so it must also be an option. I just put it there to give you an idea of a tree formed plant at the end. Yes there is a Dwarf Alberta Spruce in the design near the outer edge of the patio that is in the yard.

  3. Kim Hipps October 23, 2014 4:08 pm 

    Hi Dalton! Wow this was hard because I love all the tree choices you made. I love that the variegated Hinoki Cypress went so well with the yellow flowers up front, brightened things up, and that it didn’t get too tall, to take up too much root space for the other plantings. I liked the Juniper because of it’s narrow columnar shape and even how both of the evergreens complemented the Cypress over the fence on the neighbors side. But, after looking up the Chaste tree and seeing those lovely blooms, I just can’t resist the idea. I love that it’s airy and will move when the wind blows. But I do also like that compact, uniform evergreen look. I definitely want to keep the low growing evergreens that you’ve chosen and I’m thinking a juniper ground cover might be great along that side of the fence under those cypress on the neighbors side, after reading.
    I’ve been looking at a lot of ideas and I think when we start the front design, I definitely want to stay more Zen like, moderate, with a lot of the japanese garden influence inspired by the Japanese maple out there. With what you’ve drawn up, I can almost see how this will lead around the entire yard so eventually no lawn mower will ever be needed. Can you give me an idea of what putting an irrigation system into this might cost just the irrigation part of the cost? It looks manageable to me even with a hose but I also need to be realistic.
    I would love to use that Hinoki Cypress somewhere in the landscape in the future fyi.

    Hope all is going well this week.


  4. Kim Hipps October 23, 2014 4:31 pm 

    oops, forgot I wanted to mention…
    the plantings at the bottom of the stairs, something green. I like that idea a lot but I think either hosta, maybe even the big blue hosta or bright green. Something that comes over the top of the steps so dogs will be prompted to go around them. Nothing scratchy or stiff. I may place a very large pot above them on the stairs to encourage the dogs to go around while the plants are young. I’ve thought of doing a trickling fountain in a large container, with a couple of planted pots below it there above where that planted section would be.

    The only other thing is that I’d like you to estimate putting a round, stoned, fire pit in the very center.

    O how many gallons do you think the pond would be?

    Sure do look forward to adding a few Koi & water plants. I love that horsetail, water lilly & water hyacinth. Not much I don’t like.

  5. Kim Hipps October 23, 2014 7:51 pm 

    I hope I’m not driving you crazy today. I’ve been meaning to let you know I want to plan for some solar lighting around this area. I’d like a couple of pagoda style lights to bring in more of the japanese garden elements I like, and a few through out that are practically flush with the ground that are more LED or very low light quality as I don’t want it to be too bright but very subtle, especially around the second step down of the patio. So be thinking of that as well.

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