Need help with a landscape design / plan
I know this is pretty broad and general, but I need some help.
We have just moved into this house and we're looking forward to improving the landscaping. As you can see it wasn't very 'landscaped' by the prior owner.
We are in north-east metro-Atl, GA. I tried in our previous house to install what I thought was a decent landscape design, but I don't know what I'm doing and it didn't turn out great... just ask my wife! Heights were all wrong, I had indian hawthorne shrubs taking over the sidewalk and it just wasn't right.
Here is what we have to work with;
Pretty much anything that's there will come out and we'll start from scratch.
We were thinking some kind of specimen tree to the right (maybe Japanese Maple?).
Not sure what to do in front of the large window. I thought another specimen tree would be the way to go, but I don't think my wife wants to block the window.
This bed is about 5' deep all the way across. I thought some azaleas might work in there somewhere.
Most of these beds will be in partial shade in the summer.
Wife doesn't like Junipers
We like Nandinas
We want something as maintenance free as possible
Would like it to be a year round design, not something that dies off in the winter.
Thanks for any help you can offer!