Help with curb appeal on normal revival/storybook house
So we bought this house back in April. The pictures were taken in July. The landscaping needs work. We planted the boxwoods as soon as we moved in. They are going to take forever to grow in! We had planted begonias all along the the house where the small tree/shrubs are (it's curved along the house), but only a few survived. The ones that did survive are really pretty. Most of them died from the heat or squirrels were stepping on them! Darn those squirrels! So I put a little thin black fence from home depot all along where it curves where the squirrels were stepping on begonias. If the begonias continued along the whole curve it would be pretty, but that would only work if the squirrels didn't get into them!
I don't like the front landscaping at all! What can I do? I was planning on pulling out the lavender and that white bush next to it, but I don't know what to replace it with. I really like topiaries! The plants would have to be non allergenic because I have really bad allergies.
Also, I have been debating that security door. The original door behind it is really pretty wood with charcoal 1930 knobs and peep screen that has the design of a dolphin/phoenix thing?