Here's a picture of the front of our house. We moved into my husband's childhood home on a beautiful lake four years ago. My mother-in-law is a wonderful woman and had many talents, but she is not a gardener. When she had the house resided and landscaped several years ago, she instructed the landscaper to put in plants that she wouldn't have to do anything with to maintain. So we had a lot of evergreen shrubs and river rock around here when we moved in. It is a design that worked for her, but doesn't work for this girl who likes to see flowers blooming and get her hands dirty!
This little foundation planting is the last of the river rock, and it's coming out this spring! We're in gravel soil, which you could probably guess by the sorry state of our grass, so every bed that I've put in has required a LOT of work removing gravel and hauling in some good soil. I'm hoping that the landscaper did his job amending the area before he planted way back when. The site is mostly shade as it is north facing. I'd like to add some height to the area as well and I wouldn't mind bringing the bed out a few more feet. Any advice or suggestions out there?