Designing new flower gardens
I have been reading through the forums for a little while and thought I'd take a shot at showing you all what I'm working with. I would love suggestions as to what course to take with my property in Atlantic Canada, hardiness zone 5b. I know a lot of you are across the pond and that's ok, I think that I need more help with designing shapes and ideas of what to do with the area rather than specific plant selections for my area.
We have lived in our home for 3 years now and have plants flower gardens along the front and sides of the house. Before there wasn't anything but bare earth. I don't know if the previous owner was a hoarder, but I've pulled everything from brakepads and glass to exhaust pipes out of the ground. I'm really happy with what I've accomplished so far, I'm sure that this and that could be moved or spaced better, the odd thing is too crowded or the colors don't flow, but it's all a learning process right?
What I envison is a flowergarden along the side of my driveway and across the front of my property facing the roadside. I love cottage gardens, how they are full and lush and laid back. I like those types of classic flowers like lupins, hollyhocks, lilacs, roses, etc. Maybe the whole thing could be backed by a fence with roses climbing over it?
I am not very good at deciding the overall shape or size of the garden. You can see in some of my photos that I spray painted a crude line with an idea, but it ended up very straight and boring. I like how some gardens have all the curves, but have no idea where to start.
I will post some photos - thanks in advance for your suggestions!