Need help picking plants....completely clueless
I've enjoyed the Home portion of this site for many years and in fact have used its reviews extensively when redoing our kitchen. I'm a handy guy who's not afraid to get dirty however when it comes to landscaping I am completely clueless! I'd like all of your opinions on what I should be planting in front of my house, but first a little back story....
My wife and I have been in this house for 4 years, the previous family didn't do much in terms of landscaping and all we have been doing is trying to keep the plants trimmed as well as plant some flowers here and there. About 2 years ago I was able to install a sprinkler system which helped with the lawn (thats another story). This spring though one of our bushes up front looks to finally have bit the dust from ice damage (was 1/4 way there when we moved in) and I'd like to just clear the area and start from scratch.
We live in Central New Jersey, the front of the house faces south-east, we have a big tree in the front that blocks most of the later morning and early afternoon sun. Around 3 or 4 the sun starts moving behind the house. The winters here can be quite tough and the summers probably average around 80-85. Again, i have a sprinkler system which I think I may extend for some pop-ups in the bed area.
Here are a few (large) pictures of where things are today. We'd really like to add some color in there and some depth without extending the beds out any further. Please excuse the over grown grass, I have bricks outlining the beds (which I am starting to hate) and haven't broken out the weed whacker yet.