Need Inspiration - 1920's Tudor
Would appreciate thoughts on bed design/style/theme for my 1920's Tudor.
I am getting ready to increase the size of the front bed by 8-10' to take up about 1/4 of the front lawn on both sides of the center walkway (sod reduction program here in Droughts-ville!). More sod planned to be removed in future years along center curved walkway, but this is what I can take on now. There are two oaks in the parkway that are beginning to provide some shade for the portion of the lawn closest to the sidewalk. But the bed is full sun in Texas heat. Goal, beyond sod reduction, is to mask the unattractive porch front face, without obstructing any view (from the archway), since I sit out there every single day and enjoy my neighbors, my flowers, my wine!
I prefer an informal/cottage landscape style ... perennials, flowering shrubs, nothing pruned, free flowing, bordering a bit on plant zoo ... but the more I look at the picture of my house, trying to be an impartial observer, I think the house deserves a more formal approach. The strong architectural lines seem to beg for something that's not in my mind's eye.
There's stuff planted already - and would be happy to share what is there, but none of it is sacred and all of it can be moved or shovel pruned. Couple other comments are (a) this is a leased property, so I don't plan to invest in major hardscape; and (b) the windows to the left are original stained glass, beautiful and don't want to cover them.
I need help with a vision. I'd sure be grateful for folks' thoughts about the overall thematic approach. If there are other threads here that I missed with photo ideas for this house style, appreciate your pointing me that way!