Poor shape and shade in my front yard. HELP!!!
My husband and I just recently moved into our new home. There is 2 giant pine trees and a tree that I'm not really sure what it is yet because it is winter/spring. The people that lived here before us did not take very good care of the yard AT ALL!. I've been seriously raking my front yard for 2 days and I am still not done! There must have been 2 years worth of pine needles and leaves in the yard. I noticed that grass didn't grow under the pine tree.....I looked that up and found out why. So I looked up some flowers that will grow in acidic soil. I have a huge list but I still not sure what to do. My whole front yard is basically a dirt pit. They did have some ivy...but it has taken over the "flower bed". I'm only 20 and this is the 2nd place I've lived in with out my parents. I also have a 19 month old daughter who loves to look at flowers and be out side. When I lived with my parents I always tried to help my dad do a little gardening here and there, so I don't know to much. But I love to do it. So.....my question is what should I do! I have no clue about when where or what....HAHA. I pretty much know I want pansies and snap dragons. I really love lily of the valley and Virginia bluebells. I just don't know what plants do well in Indiana. I've looked that up online and found basically nothing. I'm open to any advice. Just throw it at me. I'm really eager and excited to learn about gardening. Thanks so much!!!!