Yes- mowing would be very tricky! Combining into a single bed would be a good idea. How about some trellis on the railing and let some clematis etc cover that whole wall area? Would make a very attractive welcome when you go in and out. You could relocate your trough under the window by the front door perhaps?
Awwww great ideas guys Thankyou i like the idea of a combo & am going to go on the search for maybe a white rambling rose and blue/purple clematis & will definitely think about relocating the trough. If I dig up the bushes can anyone recommend how they'd make sure theyd got all the roots? Is it just digging deep, then reseeding with grass seed?
It'll be hard work taking all of those out at one go, so it's probably best to decide which ones you really want to keep first. If you need help identifying them you'll get help here if you post photos of each one. The ones you don't want to have in the front garden could be put in the back garden if you have room there. The ones you keep for the front could be positioned in a better way probably- a new corner border for instance. Removing as much rootball as you can is important in the shrubs you keep and it might be better to plan over the winter and start moving in spring. Any holes can then be filled , firmed down and re seeded or turfed.
If there's shrubs you don't want at all - just take them out now!
Just to let you know that both my local "chain" GCs(squires and the Garden Group) are doing 3 clematis for £10 at the moment - quite small, but i have found the small ones establish better than the big ones for me. Polish spirit is in the offer - have you got room round the back for a couple more ???
If you are planting clematis make sure that you put them in a deep hole, at least 4-6 inches deeper than top of the pot they came in. Also put a lot of muck in the hole as they are greedy plants.