New house and new to landscaping - help please?
I am new to this forum and have been enjoying reading through the posts here. I think I will learn a lot from this group.
I am a fairly new homeowner and have never landscaped anything before. The builder planted three boxwood and two small heavenly bamboo in the front in a row under the window. I didn't like them so last summer I pulled them out and replaced them with some knockout roses like my neighbor had. I also planted three blueberry bushes. As you can see, the roses flourished but the blueberries did not - you can barely see the two surviving ones on either end of the roses (the one between the roses is gone as it croaked in last summer's heat).
Well, over the last year I've been noticing other peoples' landscapes and looking at photos online and in books, and I want something different. I like the more naturalistic look with curving lines and mass plantings rather than rows of alternating shrubs all the same height. I want mostly perennials, and stuff that will thrive (or at least survive!) here in the Oklahoma heat and clay soil. I am partial to blue-green foliage like Colorado blue spruce, and also burgundy foliage and flowers in shades of pink and maroon (I think both look nice with my brick and burgundy shutters/door). I'd also like to add a few rocks. One more thing - if there's anything that meets this criteria and also provides fruit or nuts or something I can eat, or even something to feed the birds, that would be a plus.
I really like the roses, but the space between them bothers me. If I was doing it again, I would have either planted a third one, or moved the bush on the right closer to the other one to create a mass of roses. I'm afraid to dig it up and move it though. Perhaps I could plant something else between/behind the rose bushes, maybe a Globosa blue spruce, or a bush with burgundy foliage? I was also thinking of adding some taller trees on the right - maybe a crape myrtle to the right of the window, some Angelica juniper under the crape myrtle or closer the corner of the house, purple fountain grass, even a Blue Totem blue spruce...
As you can see I have started digging out near the door to make the border bigger and get away from the semi circular bed under the window.
I would love to hear everyone's opinions. Please tell me what you would suggest?
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