Looking for suggestion #2
My son just recently bought a house in Trumbull, CT z6 and he has a two areas with conditions where my previous experience is of little help.
Therefore I'm looking to pick up your brains ;-)
I'll make a two different posts describing each location separately.
S and S-W facing narrow strip of leveled land of 2 to 4' deep currently occupied by few azaleas, Buddleias and Hibiscus syriacus volunteers from the neighbor's garden, some daylilies, phloxes and weeds, weeds and weeds again. Behind this 'bed', but about 2-3' lower, there is another 3 to 5' deep tier of slightly sloping toward the back rocky undeveloped 'planting space' where zillions of Dicentra spectabilis and two zillions of wild raspberries (extremely sweet and tasty!) are growing together. And there is a third tier below the second one where 3 zillions of raspberries live very happily together with ... 5 zillions of Fallopia japonica.
And background to all of this is the gorgeous forest of 80-100' tall Liriodendron tulipifera (Tulip tree) whose seedlings of different type of maturity (from 3' to 10' tall) could be found in abundance on all three levels.
I think you got the picture :-((
Here is my question:
Does it make any sence to start the neverending war with all those wild things by try to eliminate all/most of them before planning and planting anything or simply clear some areas on Tier #2-3 on a one-by-one basis and plant some large and relatively fast growing shrubs that could compete with such weeds?
Namely, I have in mind different Viburnums, Physocarpus, Kerria, Sambucus, Heptacodium micoinoides, H. paniculata and quersifolia, Styrax, Callicarpa, Weigelas, Cotinus coggygria etc.