Half Shade Half Sun Balance (pic)
Trying to create balance in the front of the house, and I'm getting pretty frustrated.. Help? Please?!
The front of our home is on a busy corner, facing west. The north side of the front porch gets only a small window of sun as it sets, perhaps an hour or two. I consider the area full shade. (I'm a new gardener, so I may be wrong here!) The area to the south of the porch recieves sun from noon till sunset. My husband is adament that the front landscaping be symetrical..which I just don't see happening. I've tried a few plants that *might* do in either shade or sun, but they are obviously growing a such different rates, that the side to the north just looks sad! I'd like to attain balance.
I have some evergreen bushes that are doing well on the south side that I'd like to keep, as well as some plants that ..I can't think of the name-I'll look for a picture, that I'd like to keep as well. I'd like to keeep this extremely budget friendly, and animal and kid friendly. I love big flowers, butterfly bushes, burning bushes, yellows, whites, purples, blues, I like delphinium. As I said, I'm new to this, so hardy plants suit me well!
We have widened the front porch, and changed to sides to open rails, which will be stained a solid gray/green in the summer. We are planning on putting in a walk to the front sidewalk, brick? concrete? And are interested in putting up a fence or barrier around the front yard as well. We do have the window boxes too that I have to figure out.. And the shutters will be replaced- hunter green or white?
Any suggestions will be greatly!!! appreciated!! The main issue of course is the sun/shade balance. Thanks for reading!
The plant in the back seen here, looks similar to the plants we have in the front.