As I wrote last week, I really want to landscape the front of the house this spring (or is it nearly summer?). The first step was measuring out the space and planning the number and layout of the plants I would need. See my plan above.
You'll notice a few things: the plants are arranged in odd numbers (1 or 3), plenty of space is left for growth, sizes and shapes vary (as will colors). Given the size, I may need to actually do some areas in groups of five. But I want to leave plenty of area for growth. Perennials and bushes all spread. Trees grow. If you plant too many or place them too close together, landscaping will get overgrown quickly. Be especially careful of overplanting with trees because as they grow the branches may get too close to your roof, the roots too close to your foundation, and the shade may kill off other plants.
Also, I've drawn a basic perspective from the front to help me determine the height of the plants I select. Next, I need to identify the plants and perennials I want to use. I will certainly be looking for some of the flowering shrubs mentioned in this post from last week.