carterfickling
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Help for a Complete Noob, on a Complete Redo (with pics)

Hi, so, I have no idea what I'm doing, but I want to redesign the front lawn, because at this point, it doesn't work as a lawn, nor as a garden.
I have no design ideas, and am really stuck, but know that at the very least, we need some patiostones/rocks at the landing of the front steps.

The gardens themselves - would you go rock garden or perennials/annuals?
Would you extend the beds to the road (and how would you deal with the sloping ground? Would you edge the beds with something?

I welcome all ideas - trying to gather as many I can from the internet before tackling this as a project!

Thanks!!
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Yes, you have such a small front yard, I don't see any reason to keep any of it in lawn. If it were mine, I would put in a walkway from sidewalk to front steps, concrete or patio pavers or slate/ stone or something. I'd make it as wide as the steps but for my personal aethetic not straight on. Start it from a little to one side and put a bit of curve in it, since everything else is so rectangular.

Then turn everything that's left into flower beds anchored with a bit of shrubbery. Which direction does your house face and how sunny is it?
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carterfickling
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So a curved path, maybe a bit later, I'll edit my pics with mspaint to see if I've got the right idea.

The door faces east, gets quite a bit of sun. I think there now are hostas, and a burning bush, but that's about it. Are there plants you might suggest? I'm interested in flowering perennials, something low maintenance, because I'm still just learning about gardening. (High impact visually, low maintenance ;))

Just because I'm still not sure what you mean - how would you describe "anchored by shrubbery"? Does it mean along the edge? or how would you finish the edges along the path/driveway/sidewalk?
Thanks so much for the help.

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Re what to plant... you are SO far north. On the USDA cold hardiness system (not the Canada one) you are zone 1. I don't know a whole lot about what survives zone one winters (down to minus 50 degrees F !!). I will make a few suggestions, but you need to talk to your neighbors and to good local nurseries to get a better idea of what will work for you.

Re anchoring, I just meant something as a focal point. If you just plant a bunch of flowers, it can be a little weedy looking. If you plant a shrub or large plant as a focal point and then use things in a range of heights, it looks more interesting. A fountain or bird bath can work as a focal point too.

A few shrub suggestions that I THINK may be hardy for you (but again check locally) serviceberry, bearberry, ceanothus, red twig dogwood (the red stems are gorgeous in a snowy landscape), some varieties of cranberry and blueberry, some varieties of rhododendron, shrubby St. John's wort, some spireas.

Woody plants are better than soft stemmed ones for surviving the winter. Only a few perennial flowers survive your winter, so you may want to fill in with lots of annuals. But I think there are artemisias, hyssop (yellow giant), and some ground covers that may be hardy for you.

For curb appeal and welcoming visitors, if you can't extend your roofline out a bit, maybe think about an awning over the front door?
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