Help critique front driveway plans
We are planning to redo our front drive.
Not great pics but it's basically a squareish plot of gravel with shrubs (and weeds) plus old evergreen to front and side and grey large shingle on the driveway. Not very inspiring!
It's loamy/clay area. The front gets sun most of the day but the bits nearer the house tend to get shady after 11 as the house creates a shadow.
We thought we would do this:-
Wooden log storage by window that is further back
Window box around front window - not sure what flowers?
Climbing rose by front door (unsure what type)
Couple pots with plants - unsure what type
Pave 0.75m square far right for bin storage next to front window
Pull up all plants/weeds and replace with beech hedge at front
Pull up plants/weeds to side and replace with smaller shrubs and flowers - unsure yet what type
Remove evergreen and replace with crab apple tree
Replace door with 1930s reproduction door
Possibly change gravel to paving though this is lower priority as we think with all the above done it will look much better.
Any ideas on good shrubs and flowers? I'm a bit of a romantic. I like climbers, lavender, hydrangeas, tulips, rambling roses but also need to be careful as I am very time limited so it needs to be something that needs minimal attention too.
I'm pouring over the rhs plants and flowers bible - there is just too much - it's very hard!
Also is the above doable by us or would we need to get someone in? We are a young baby but are very able and willing