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Below you have the existing areas designated as marked. Just below the access path to the left side I intend to install an outdoor sofa, parallel to the fence (it can now be seen in the 3Ds). The left side threes belong to my neighbor. The green rectangle to left bottom side is a vegetable garden

Update as requested:
-NNW is at the top of the page, vertical axe of the schematic diagrams
-no drainage issues
-vegetable garden positioned there because it is the least visible and close to the shed where the tools are. Shed is there ..because that is the best area for it :-)
-exterior brick veneer
-no pets
-USDA zone: 6a (Toronto)
-prefer perenials and evergreen (but not for trees)
-the trees in my design: Japanese Maple (Emperor wolf), Hybrid Dogwood, and again a green leaf Japanese maple.
-fence segment parallel with the garden will be a perennial flowering vine (Trumpets Vine or climbing rose)
-privacy was addressed by the below showed placement of the trees Basicall I need privacy in the patio area.
-I do not insist to have a lot of lawn
-watering will be done with an irrigation system
-no previous landscaping experience (if you check the homereno diy section of stackexchange you will see my work on the patio and some pictures)
- I do not intend to post more pictures
-no other areas other that what is suggested. -the BBQ is next to the wall parallel with the patio table (so that is the kitchen for now)

I basically need help with a theme not with the detailed design, something like what is encircled in green belowk:
https://i.imgur.com/RJXScvS.png ☚ direct link to full size picture

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-NNW is at the top of the page, vertical axe of the below diagram

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And here is the best idea I could come up with. A rectangular theme where 1,2,3,4 have the same size. I must admit that it will be a challenge for me to create these areas (1,2,3) either with plants or some hardscaping materials

What would you change or how would you do it? What do you consider that I should change?

-NNW is at the top of the page, vertical axe of the below diagram

enter image description here And here is a 3D

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Here I added the sofa. That in the 3D is not exactly the style that I want. It will be more like this: enter image description here

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I could also center the sofa on the longitudinal axe of the biggest area of the backyard as below but that will squize the dwarf tree that would be planted in the that corner behind the sofa, corner that I want to be a second focal point (lights might be installed there) This will be a focal point for the viewer from the deck as well. (dwarf japanese maple of dwarf pine or strong color shrub)

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View from the kitchen with a view that I am trying to block. Basically my neighbor and myself see each other from the kitchen or deck. There was a tree there but the former owner cut it for unknown reasons.

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I have also added the windows in the 3D so you can have an idea what the viewer sees from the house

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Update: How about this idea:

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    Good use of your software but there are a few questions we have to know; where is NORTH, which trees on the left are the neighbors? I am assuming on our right as we are looking at your plan. What is your drainage, any issues with standing water you've noticed? Do you have pets, why your location for a vegetable garden? What material is your home exterior? What plants are existing? What do you imagine your landscape to look like, how will you be using your landscape, have you thought about different types of out door uses? How much lawn do you need/want? Are you on well water/city water? – stormy Aug 16 '16 at 2:08
  • Also send actual pictures, more information on your location, USDA zone, neighbors (do you need privacy or a neighborly gate). Do you have any preferences with plant material, have you ever done a landscape for a previous home. Are you going to do the work yourself or will you contract the work? This should generate even more questions that require answers and more thought. Landscaping is not an inexpensive venture, if done correctly however will add more value to your home than a new kitchen or bathroom!! How much of a gardener are you? – stormy Aug 16 '16 at 2:13
  • I taught L.S. Graphics and Design...whoohoo! Hand drawn not computer drawn. Just an 'old' style I could never change to computer, not this late in the game. Any way, you need to define what you mean by 'theme'. The ONLY theme is 'MiniMe's Outdoor Spaces'...grins. Can't believe you answered so quickly!! I'll get back tomorrow...at worse day after. Do you have pictures of landscapes that look great to you enough to save? Good job! – stormy Aug 16 '16 at 2:53
  • Yeah I guess my second choice for a profession would have been architect or landscape designer, I do like it, I am a visual person ... I like the minimalist style. Japanese garden would be ideal but considering some of the things are already around us and a limited supply of money I thing that bringing in rocks and more stone like landscaping material is out of question. Small rocks for my sedums and hen and chickes and any other hardy succulents that I can buy will be> possible. Rock garden would be my second choice... Modern style is the last... – MiniMe Aug 16 '16 at 3:18
  • There should be a directional arrow, or compass, on your drawing to indicate North as a minimum - the direction your garden faces dictates possible micro climate, wind exposure and sunlight, so its crucial. If its there somewhere, I'm not seeing it... – Bamboo Aug 16 '16 at 8:28

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