Need help with front yard landscape design
This is my first post and I don't have very much experience with landscaping. We purchased our first home back in the fall of 2012 and the landscaping around the foundation of our house looks pretty rough and boring. I would like to completely revitalize this area but I am not sure about which shrubs I can salvage. I would love to see hydrangeas added to the landscape but I am not sure if they would work here.
Could anyone give me some ideas on what I should keep and what would look good? I think the largest problem I have with creating a plan is the slope at the right side of the house. I would rather not have to put in a retaining wall to make everything appear to be at the same level.
I am in zone 8a and our house faces north. The first picture is from around a year ago.
I don't have a large budget and would like to do all of the work myself.
Thanks in advance for any help!