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Southfield, MI
May 21, 2018 12:14 PM CST
My husband pulled out all of the shrubs and we have to start over. Can you give me some front landscape ideas? I really don't know where to begin. Any help is appreciated.

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May 21, 2018 12:32 PM CST

It's difficult to make suggestions without seeing the site and house. If you can anonymize a picture enough that you're comfortable posting it on here it would help. I assume you don't want to go with shrubs again? Do you prefer perennials or annuals or a mix?
Southfield, MI
May 21, 2018 1:01 PM CST
I thought I attached picture. I must be doing something wrong.
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Southfield, MI
May 21, 2018 1:18 PM CST
Shrubs are fine plus mix of perennials and annuals.
Name: Sue
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May 21, 2018 1:32 PM CST
These pictures below may give you an idea of the look that you like. From the angle it looks like you'd probably want the whole area between house and driveway left of the door as a planting bed. How far do you want to go to the right? One thing to avoid is planting anything that will grow too big near the house, which will cause problems later.

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May 21, 2018 3:26 PM CST
Andromeda, azaleas, a rhododendron or two,
arborvitae, barberry, dwarf junipers along the edge. You have numerous options.
Plant tall things on the ends and near the window within the stone face. Smaller things could be planted in between giving and undulating line of shrubs from left to right across the front on the house. If plants all end up being the same height, it creates a very static or boring look.
You could also put an undulating edge to the plant beds themselves creating depth and more interest to the viewer. For example plant an arborvitae on the far right near the corner of the house. Then add a rhododendron to the left and one back and around the side to the right of the far right corner of the house, kind of in a semi-circle so the plants kind of "go around the corner". Then in front of those, plant 5-7 spreading, low to the ground blue flag junipers.
What is so cool about this idea is the different shade of green among the arborvitae, the rhododendron and junipers but a large difference in texture creating extra interest!!! PLUS the rhododendrons would flower. SWEET.
You could plant annuals here and there for seasonal color.
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May 22, 2018 1:01 PM CST
Whatever you choose, please look at pics of mature individuals, unless the thought of constantly mangling shrubs to stay small sounds like the way you want to spend many of your future weekends. The area between the pavement & house looks small, I would go with mostly herbaceous perennials there, maybe a few pots, a shepherd hook. And totally agree that the space to the left in the pic would make a great garden! Surely closer to the curb, hence more appeal, and visible out of the window, hence looking-out-your-windows appeal. You'll never know if passers-by will like what you've done, but if you think, "wow that's pretty" every time you look out of a window, you'll be constantly happy you put a garden there, where you do not have to go outside to see the efforts of your labors.
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Southfield, MI
May 26, 2018 12:57 PM CST
Thank you everyone for your idea

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