Need help with foundation plantings in front of old house
I need a little help envisioning what to plant in the front of my house. Currently the only thing planted there are giant, overgrown evergreen shrubs which will be removed as soon as spring hits. I am stumped as to what to put in their place, though. Every new idea I come up with makes me worry that the front of the house will look bare. I have some flowers picked out (red, orange and yellow scheme) but I know I need larger plantings like bushes to anchor them.
I want to plant a white flowering ornamental tree to the left of the house, but that's all I know for sure right now. I am intrigued with "Arctic Fire" dogwood and burning bushes. I love color and texture, especially when they last 3 or 4 seasons since winters here are long.
(The house is not as brightly colored in real life as it is in this photo!)
I believe this area faces northeast. It gets pretty intense afternoon summer sun, with shade in the morning. The tall shrub to the right of the front door will probably stay (yeah, I know it's ugly) because it affords some privacy from the house next door.
Can anyone help me choose some larger plantings that would suit this area and be visually interesting? Any ideas or suggestions are very welcome!