When I was 10 years younger and not gainfully employed, I planted several long mixed perennial/shrub borders. They were lovely, but...
Now that I don't have the time to tend them properly, they turn into weedy messes. It's time to rethink the situation.
The driveway border is nearly 100 ft. long and ranges from 6-7 ft. deep at the top to about 12 ft. deep at the bottom, backed by a sheared hedge that separates the driveway and parking areas from the garden. I began adding some low junipers a couple of years ago, and removed some of the most aggressive spreaders and poor performers, some of them inherited from the PO.
The end of the drive has some overgrown cotoneaster, nice in flower and fruit, but a trap for leaves and debris. Scattered up the length are Sedum, bearded iris, Siberian iris, Becky Shasta daisies, Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm', catmint, a couple of Caryopteris, Russian sage, red daylilies, a lone Itea virginica, two sad looking Potentillas, a small leafed Rhododendron, and the previously mentioned Junipers sprinkled around. Halfway up there is a good sized arbor with a New Dawn rose on it.
My idea was to dig up all of the perennials and stick them into nursery pots until I could put some back in groups that are planned instead of by default. I also have a lot of Green Velvet boxwood I thought I might be able to transplant to this area. The goal is to eliminate weeding, deadheading, dividing etc. as much as possible.
I have another 150 ft. or so of border inside the hedge. I'm ready to set the mower deck on "high" and just run it all over. I may post the inside garden later for suggestions on that.
If I could do it over, I'd have planted an informal hedge of flowering shrubs for privacy, and left it at that.
All suggestions welcome.