Do you have an opinion on these newbie landscape plans?
I am a newish homeowner in zone 7(a) and I'm about to overhaul our front landscaping this spring (from the previous homeowner). I am not known for having a green thumb and am looking for perennials that are super low maintenance. The space I am going to overhaul gets very full afternoon sun. The Japanese maple is burnt to a crisp every summer as well as the hostas and hydrangeas, but I think my husband really wants to keep the maple where it is. We are planning to build a small retaining wall to flatten the slope on the right towards the driveway and it's time to get rid of the white stone "mulch" and awful landscaping fabric. If it's not overwhelmingly difficult, I plant to rip out all the huge bushes.
So now my question--I am terrible at planning what plants go together. I had my heart set on pampas grass until I read on here that they are invasive and impossible to eradicate if so desired. I'd like to lay out some plants I like below and make get some opinions and possibly suggestions for complementary plants.
- Pink muhly grass (personal favorite so far!)
- Blue fescue
- Purple coneflowers
- Blue spires Russian sage
- Lavender of some sort
These are some of my favorite plants that seem to thrive in my zone with full sun and minimal love. I'm not sure that they necessarily go together though.
Am I on the right track? What other plants should I look at? Thanks for your thoughts!
I'd like to get rid of the bushes on the left. The japanese maple in the middle would be impossible to get out, especially without destroying it. My husband is set on keeping it.
The slope to the right is where we plan to put a retaining wall. Open to leaving the large hedge on the right.