Ideas for front beds
We moved into our home in August 2007 and I have struggled to figure out what to plant since. I am desperate about what to do. I have planted a few things and didn't like the shrubs and moved them. I love the cottage garden look as well as butterfly gardens. As you can see I don't really have a cottage style house. We really aren't crazy about all shrubs up front (which is what I see everywhere). My next door neighbors beds look great in the summer, but when winter comes it is bare (which is something I do not want). I want what I do to compliment my house, and really don't think I could afford to hire someone. My main problem is I have a hard time picturing things.
The only two things in my front bed that were there when I moved in (foreclosure) are an azalea and a holly bush. Also planted is clematis, balloon flowers, gardenias and mondo grass. I have a big empty yard to work with and can move things if need be.
Also plan on building up a wall (like the one around the river birch) to the left of the fence area. I have three rose bushes over there and want to possibly level it out and turn into a rose garden/ butterfly garden. I've also thought about adding jasmine along the fence and have it grow up lattice.
We live in zone 7, just outside of Atlanta. Please help me! I have searched the internet FOREVER and don't know what to do. Oh and the wind blew off one of our shutters... we will be putting that back up this weekend. :)