We moved into a house in Spring 2010 and the front landscaping has been neglected. It is overgrown and bad. We are now planning on ripping out most of the landscaping and redoing it this spring. I need ideas for what plants/shrubs to plant. Here is a picture of the front of the house.
We are going to tear out all the bushes that are there now except the shrub that runs right along the porch. I like real clean crisp simple landscapes. We are thinking of putting a Japanese maple in the front just to the left of the door and then some bushes or something around that. I also want to put some nice flowering bushes under the window. Any ideas on what types of bushes would be good? We live in SE Michigan. Ideally I want different kinds of bushes some that bloom in spring & some in fall. Plus I want to have an area that I plant annuals each year and maybe tulips.
On the left is a large tree that sits off the corner of the house (we need to have the tree trimmed back as well). There are some paver bricks that go around that and we are going to replace those with new pavers and extend that around to the front of the house. I would also like to plant something under the tree maybe some small bushes, but there isn't a lot of sunlight under the tree. Our house faces southeast and the front gets morning sun & shade in the afternoon.