Front yard re-do! (Advice, please.)
I've been bitten hard by the let's-change-this-up bug! This past weekend, I dug up a cantankerous 'climbing' rose, dug up all the cannas along the front of the house and extended the planting bed by another 2+ feet. The house faces east so it gets a lot of morning sun but is in shade in the afternoon.
To the left in the photo is a bed I left untouched (for now) that is planted with green and purple ornamental sweet potatoes and a few edibles. I don't want to extend that bed because it would restrict access to the gate. More on this later.
To the right, you can see the south end of the porch. The porch is narrow - about 5' wide - and I don't want to plant anything there that shades it.
Right now, stuff is piled everywhere and I need to make some decisions.
1) I'd like shrubs with a vertical habit that will snug close to the house and stay under 6' tall because....
2) I'd like to stagger some shorter ornamentals and edibles in front. Like what?
I will post photos of the areas to the left and right so you can see the whole picture.