need some design advice
I recently created two new beds to help feed my habit... er, provide more spots to place the various potted plants that are sitting on my back porch waiting to go in the ground. :)
I have two beds that are ready to go but I am not sure what to place in them. The first bed is on the south side of my home, full southern exposure (zone 6b/AHS 7) and runs along the fence that is perpendicular to the driveway. I have a small red maple (1 yr old) centered 6 feet in front of the bed which is 6 feet wide and about 15 feet long.
The driveway is quite long, so I am not sure whether I want to plant something large there to make it seem less deep or whether I want to plant smaller bushes that will not distract from the maple (once it grows) and the fence behind it.
From a distance (only about half way to the street - driveway is LONG):
The plants I have that need to go in somewhere (and might work here) are the following:
Confederate Rose - will become a tall, 10 foot small tree
European Snowball Bush - also a small tree, the kind with the big white pompom flowers
Minerva Rose of Sharon - I have two of these
Variegated Rose of Sharon
Black Lace Elderberry - two of these
Midwinter Fire Redtwig Dogwood
Butterfly Bush - I have three of these, they are the really big kind
Variegated korean forsythia
Blue Shadow Dwarf Fothergilla
Flowering Quince - two of these, one is peach and one is red
Snow Storm Spiraea
Abelia - two of these, a Little Richard and a Compacta
Lady in Black Aster
Loropetalum Chinense 'Zhouzhou' - two of these
The bed is big enough for three large bushes, and I was thinking of possibly doing something like two loropetalum (for the red foliage) with a butterfly bush in between them - but not sure how this will look with the maple eventually right in front of three very large bushes.
The second bed is on the north side of the house, and also receives pretty close to full sun except for a few hours mid-day. It is also 6 feet deep and would hold 3-4 large shrubs. I am looking to choose from the same list in this location. There are beds already on either side of this new bed; on the south side (close to the house) is a bed with hellebores and euphorbia (full shade) and on the north side (next to the trees on the right) is a full sun bed.