Landscaping overhaul...Advice needed!
So here is a photo of the house when we bought it, and then a photo after we did a "spring cleaning" of the front yard. I'd love to build out a cottage garden over time, with the 2 areas that are mulched already, and include along the walkway on the side that is currently grass and curving around the tree to the right in the picture, which would leave a small lawn still.
One thing that I'd like to do is remove or replace one or both of those dogwoods at some point. I just don't feel like they fit with the style of the house very well, plus they never do anything spectacular (they flower green in the spring, the berries are small, and the fall color has just been brown). The one thing that we do like about those is the window coverage...it adds a bit of privacy. I'd love to hear suggestions on what others would do with this front yard, and some ideas for what to do instead of the dogwoods.