We just bought a house in Kentucky, and there are 2 very large shrubs in the front that cover way too much of the front of the house including the windows (the 1st picture shows them in the early spring so you can see where the window lines are). We're going to have these taken out, and we're trying to decide what to do with that bed in the front. Right now given the lack of time for delving into landscaping on our own (or the money to pay a landscaper), we're thinking we'd just like a simple row of small compact shrubs to line in that bed.
The main concerns/questions are 1) what are some shrub types we should consider? We'd like to get some that are inherently compact if that exists so they don't end up getting huge like the ones we currently have. We're willing to do some maintenance on them like trimming, but we'd prefer low-maintenance shrubs, 2) how many shrubs would you consider putting in a bed of this size and how far apart should they be spaced?, 3) we'd like them to be full enough to obscure the concrete that lines the lower section of the house front.
Any advice would be so much appreciated. My apologies for my gardening naiveness. We have no landscaping experience!!