I took advantage of the end-of-season sales in the garden centres and purchased 3 Dense Yews for in front of the living room windows and a Limelight Hydrangea Standard for in-between the bedroom windows. I'll be getting either a Bobo or a Little Lime (baby versions of the Limelight) for under the star & house numbers area.
I spoke to a guy at John's Garden Centre in Riverview and got a ton of helpful information. I love boxwoods but chose yews instead for two reasons. One, they grow a lot faster (to fill in much quicker) and are less expensive to buy size for size. They can be shaped into whatever shape you want just like cedars and boxwoods, also.
I knew I wanted a tree-type for in-between the bedroom windows but it also needed balance look-wise, so I chose the Limelight Hydrangea Standard. They start out a light lime green then turn white and have a long blooming season.
Here's some pictures to show what this type of tree and shrubs will look like when they are mature.
On the side of the house next to the baby barn is some lilies and hostas. I will be giving the lilies away and dividing the hostas up and spreading them out to create a neater more uniform bed along there. I prefer lilies in an indoor bouquet, not growing in my outdoor beds. I'm a crazy lady, I know! LOL
Next year, I plan to refinish the main beds. They need the rocks to be all raked out and new material laid to prevent weeds before re-spreading the rocks. I also plan to space out the patio blocks, leaving a couple inches between each one for the rocks to lay in. Finally, I plan to add 4x4 lumber all around the edges, squaring it off and giving the whole thing nice clean lines. Those, of course, will be stained to match the shutters. (Why 4x4 instead of the traditional smaller landscape ties? It is cheaper to use 4x4 instead of double the landscape ties to get the same height.) At that time, I will decide whether or not to add a fairly large rock for decorative purposes right under each bedroom window to fill that area in. Or, I may choose to add some low-lying green plant of some kind . . . maybe ornamental grasses.
Thats my landscaping story for now. I now have an interest in developing a green thumb!