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Help me pick a new landscape design for the front of my house

13 years ago

First post here by a long-time reader. Any and all suggestions are welcome since my approach to designing a garden consists of sticking a bunch of stuff in the ground and seeing how things work out.

Here are some pictures of my front garden as currently constituted.



Given that my house is sort of cottage style, I thought that the hydrangeas in front would give it a nice country look. The problem, as it turns out, is that the front of my house faces directly west and the afternoon sun is simply too powerful much for the hydrangeas. The flowers get damaged and by 5:00 the whole plant is wilting.

Enter the ridiculous snow that we've gotten this winter. It has done a fair amount of damage to the hydrangeas and they will probably take a few years to fully recover. I've wanted to change things for a while in front, and now with the damage to the hydrangeas, this spring is the perfect time to do it.

I'm going to move the hydrangeas to more hospitable places around my house and come up with a whole new plan for the front. The only thing that I'd like to keep is the Rose of Sharon which is at the far left side. I am training that into a small tree shape and would like that to stay. But other than that, I want to completely change things up.

Ideally, I'd like a relatively low maintenance set up, so no bulbs that require a lot of dividing and not too many annuals. Other than that, any and all suggestions are welcome. I appreciate the feedback!

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