Need northern exposure idea
Hello everyone. (cross posting this in another forum too)
Looking for help with a northern-ish exposure in the front of our house.
The true direction is probably north/east We are a zone 5b.
As you can see, there is high shade from a pine and then the house. Not sure if you would call this a true shaded area?
I would love to find something to hide the meter year round. So am hoping you might have ideas for something taller. Currently I have hostas, ferns, astilbe, coral bells, ginger, bleeding hearts etc. which are all nice, but come winter, everything goes dormant so the front looks incredibly boring.
Sadly, the two rhododendron that I planted four years ago did not do well this winter (-50 wind chills etc) ...we also had our porch redone and more branches snapped off (sigh). I can't decide if I should take them out or let them live as only a few branches are alive.
Anyhow, I hate the landscaping so much that I want to rip it all out, ha! i appreciate any shrub/taller plant ideas as well as what I can do to make it look fuller and more inviting as an entrance.