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Overwhelmed re: front garden bed design

I've been trying to figure out what to use as foundation plants in my front garden bed. It is a mess and I'm way over my head here, so I finally gave up and called in professional landscapers. I was so disappointed with the plans they showed me today. They sketched in a Japanese maple, a big (dwarf) blue spruce, and some other large plants that I can't recall.image   Wasn't crazy about the plants chosen and the overall style was way off.

Due to the style of the house (Tudor-style arts & crafts/ Tudor revival) I am desiring an English-garden-inspired plants and design with a good dose of evergreen shrubs to cover those unsightly pipes and other necessary gizmos.

Any suggestions?  We're in the US in Zone 6b, and the area gets full morning sun and partial afternoon sun. I was thinking English Lavender, boxwoods, and azaleas, but that's the extend of my ideas. I posted photos below (one as-is, the other is a basic idea of where I think shrubs should go). Please disregard the plants currently planted there. They were my novice attempts so far image.

Any suggestions would be so very appreciated. Thank you in advance.

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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,592

    I have no idea what us zone 6b means. sorry I've no idea

     

    Devon.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,592

    forgive me  but I have to say , your idea of (Tudor-style arts & crafts/ Tudor revival) bears no relation to my concept of these styles.

    Devon.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,592

    why is there a fake cutlass on the wall?

    Devon.
  • Hostafan, if you're in England, unless you're on the coast, you're in zone 8 and there's no need to bother with them.  https://www.gardenweb.com/zoneFinder  

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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,592

    and the whole tudor/ arts and craft / fake cutlass issues?

    Devon.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,592

    can you show me a Tudor house with a fake cutlass on it? please, just one.

    Devon.
  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,126

    Hi Bowlofberries

    You will need acid soil for azaleas. Do you have acid soil? As to evergreens you could try aucuba, euonymus, box, holly, cotoneaster, pyracantha, laurel, pieris. You could grow a rose up the wall.

    Tudor style in this country is all fake beams and mock half timbering.

  • Hi Gertie -- thank you.

    Sort of -- I'm looking to remove what's currently there and plant some evergreen, non-conifer shrubs (except for maybe an arborvitae). I'm so at a loss, haha. And so frustrated. I should go smell some lavender... image 

  • Thank you, Ceres -- I'm looking your suggestions up now!

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