My hopeless front yard
Does anyone have any suggestions for my front yard? I have extremely limited experience with shrubs. (Ideally, I'd like to have the whole front yard looking like one of those full, lush shrub gardens I see from time to time but I'd settle for some help just getting the area in front of the deck fixed). My perennial gardens (throughout the rest of the yard) have been successful because I have backdrops for the taller things and companion planting them wasn't an issue because they're easy to transplant around...
This yard runs about 34' across, 48' deep. Just the area in front of the deck (up to the oak tree) is 23' across and 6' deep. There are two cement pads going up to either door and our deck is level with the pads. The sun comes up from behind the left side of house. The house shades a small part of the corner of the yard. I put a garden hose (hard to see) up by the left door area to show where it's always shady. From there it's almost all day sun up to the end of the yellowing boxwood. The rest of the yard is full sun. I have no idea what that scrub tree is in the front and would be easy to cut down. It blossoms in white. There was a row of those ugly boxwood along the deck - 3 are remaining right now.
If you need to know, on the other side of the left driveway sits a crabapple which I love. It's a narrow area until the property line so I just have a hosta bed planted. I have hardly any planting room on the right side of the driveway. There's just a small patch by that trash can (sorry that's in the pic) that I have a few peony in,a variegated euonymus with purple winter creeper for ground cover. It cliffs down there and I have a crushed stone path next to it.
I'm in the process of converting my perennial gardens over to shrubs so I have a variety of inventory already I might be able to use to reduce my budget? (listed on "my trade list"). I don't want anything too tall in front of the deck so we have some street view while sitting. If I was going to put some taller items in the yard, any suggestions on where to place them? I'm liking my dogwoods because of the interesting foliage, along with my small dappled willow. And I've propagated quite a few hydrangea because they flower for long periods. I prefer a more casual style and enjoy some yard maintenance.
Anything coming to mind from you shrub lovers? Spring is almost here and I'm ready to take on a project!