What could I do with this yard?
I am daydreaming about landscaping our new yard. I'm not an experienced gardener and would LOVE ideas. Browsing photos, I like English garden & cottage style, and the idea of using native plants. Not prim and proper but a planned wild look. I want some berry shrubs that birds like. I am in the mountains of NC, zone 7a, acidic soil. Most of our yard is on the side of the house. The pictures are in afternoon sun/shadows.
The rock wall has wisteria at one end and a dogwood at the other. Either or both could go and I wouldn't be upset. I was thinking of an English garden look on the top of the wall. The only idea I have had is burgundy helianthemum.
I don't like the hostas or the shapes made of mulch around the trees. What about a row of 6' evergreen bushes with berries for the birds and for privacy in the very back? Maybe natives like mountain laurel or rhododendron between the trees to the right of the chairs? I don't know what would look good in place of the hostas/mulch shapes. Ferns and herbs are nice.