Need suggestions and advice for front yard
I'm going to be renovating my front lawn in September but I plan to make some changes to the beds first. I'm not intending to make radical changes-- I just need some suggestions for what to do with the mailbox bed and some plant ideas if possible. I want to do 2 things:
1. Expand the mailbox bed. Right now it's very small and contains only annuals. I want to replace it with a perennial bed that is considerably bigger.
2. Possibly remove or replace a couple of plants from the foundation bed. The three barberry look a little weird as they exist now. I've considered removing the middle one and trimming the other two up from the bottom a bit, but I don't know exactly what I want to do. I also may remove or replace the green bushes (their name escapes me) entirely-- I could even move them to the mailbox area somehow.
I have access to a few plants already that I may consider transplanting: a bloodgood japanese maple baby from my dad's house, a white crape myrtle (natchez, I believe) about 8 feet tall from my back yard, and the aforementioned bushes currently in the foundation planting. If I can use or transplant any of those in the new design, that would be great. But I'm not married to that idea.
There are a couple of views below. The only thing that needs mentioning is that the view from the front is a couple months old. I have since removed the phlox from the driveway bed and in its place are three pink knockout rose bushes.
I'd appreciate any thoughts and suggestions you can give me. Thanks in advance.