What should I plant? I need some curb appeal.

We took out the bushes to be replaced with something else, but not sure what. As you can see, there is no side walk from the front porch. There are stairs, but no walk way. Any suggestions would be of help.
Thank you!
q what should i plant i need some curb appeal
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  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Apr 02, 2018
    It’s hard to say without knowing your exact location sun exposure and planting zone to know what plant will thrive in your location.
    Some people like flowering shrubs like azaleas other people like textured compact green shrubs such holly. It’s all about the right plant right location and the right care it needs —-do you want something you have to trim all the time or low maintenance?

    It might be worth a tour of your garden center or botanical garden to see if you like flowering plants or shubs or not.

    As to the garden landscaping suggestions I would suggest a personal consultation with your planting zone and soil in mind.

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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Apr 02, 2018
    location,lightin g amount of space is needed for the correct answer

  • Melissa V Melissa V on Apr 02, 2018
    Hi Cris! So you removed green shrubs now I’m guessing you want something with color.
    Question: are you planning on doing any painting? Definitely do that before planting.
    Im not seeing any stairs, are you going to build off the front and make a walkway? Do that and incorporate that while planning your new garden beds, pulling out from the porch so you can plant with dimension.
    You didn’t say where you live, but again you can check with the garden center at Home Depot or a local nursery to get the best for your area (take along pics).
    Would like to see what you come up with!

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Apr 02, 2018
    I would see if your local nursery will do a complementary design layout. Most will, if you buy the plants from them. They will take into consideration the use, the way the sun/shade form around your property, and the amount of maintenance required for upkeep.

  • Edean Edean on Apr 02, 2018

  • Jcraw Jcraw on Apr 02, 2018
    My first order of business would be to remove the tree on the right as well. I’m sorry, but it’s just too overwhelming for your charming house.
    I would find a limited-height flowering tree or shrub to plant in front of the bare-wall spot on the right side of the house. Something a bit “airy” rather than dense. Bring it forward enough so it doesn’t crowd the house and you can see it from the porch.
    In front of the porch I would plant Dwarf shrubs, suitable to your climate, and maybe even colorful in season. Dwarf because you don’t want to obscure the porch, nor spend your life trimming. Extend the bed a bit and put a few short perrenials in front of those shrubs.
    Keep in mind you have plenty of lawn to extend your beds.
    Absolutely go to a garden center, or a local garden club for advice. Decide how much maintenance you are willing to do, or have time for. Beautiful flower gardens are wonderful but a great deal of work, even when small. For many it’s therapy, for some drudgery.
    I don’t see the steps, so I don’t know where a walkway is necessary.

  • Angus021461 Angus021461 on Apr 02, 2018
    Pansy's or petunia's are pretty. Also small bushes

  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Apr 02, 2018
    Since you removed the huge bushes, I'm guessing the steps were behind or beside them. Put in a set of steps down the front of the porch, make it at least 3 feet wide. I would make flagstone walkways from the steps to the driveway and to around the back. All along the front of the house and porch, I would put low growing shrubs (evergreen and flowering) and put flowers in front of them (go to your local nursery, they'll be able to help you pick out what grows best in your area). Bring the garden out a ways since you have a large front yard making sure to build up the garden at the house and slope it down and away from the house. You could even put in a water feature in your front garden. It's very relaxing to sit on your porch and listen to the water. Put a nice stone garden block around the garden. Plant a couple of flowering trees out front also. I would put a white railing up along the front and sides of the porch. And I'd paint the front door red.

  • Joe Jones Joe Jones on Apr 04, 2018
    Location is the biggest thing needed to get the best answer but, with the amount of sun exposure you have in the pic , hibiscus grows great just about everywhere and looks phenomenal in the front yard. It’s easy to maintain. Wandering Jew and Purple Heart look great for ground coverage. Hydrangeas look good up front as well. I’m trying to think of colorful easy maintenance plants that grow well even up north. My favorite is a Japanese weeping cherry tree they are smallish and full of pink flowers.

  • Christierei Christierei on Apr 06, 2018
    I think the easiest way to get a walk from the street to the stairs ( where ever they are ) are simple flagstone pavers. Simply choose some large pieces of flagstone and place them in a walk way type pattern. Mark around them. Dig out the dirt and set them flush with the grass. You will be able to run the mower over them. As for plants ... think of something that will stay green year round for the front. An herb bed and a few roses always look good and are easy for beginners.

  • Emily Emily on Apr 06, 2018
    I would have a walk made to the street. If that is the most logical ending point. A sidewalk says "welcome" like nothing else. My neighbors have steps off the side of their porch and I always think they should have a walk to the street from there, then fence in their lot, add a gate at the end of the walk. I personally like small open looking trees, like a fruit tree.