Here again, the client decided to keep what she had, to add shrubs this fall, and more flowers next spring. Here's what it looked like before. She says she likes the look of bare soil, but wants colour, colour, colour.
Well, this is a start. The 'Skyrocket' juniper is the narrowest upright juniper you can get, I think the the blue colour looks great in front of the gold wall, and it will echo the junipers on the other side of the walkway. This one will eventually get 3 m high and only 75 cm wide. We also added 3 potentillas (2 are 'Gold Drop' and the third was moved from the garden in the back), all with bright yellow flowers. They will eventually form a nice, low-growing hedge in front of the bench.
I re-arranged the yuccas, heucheras and fescues, and added some daylilies, since she had too many on the other side of the walkway. They all had to be moved anyway, to make space for the shrubs we added. There are quite a few 'spiky'-shaped plants here, so I definately see some tall sedums in the future, as well as gaillardia, shasta daisies, cranesbill geranium...
Since the client likes the look of bare soil, I recommend top-dressing these beds with at least 2" of compost every spring. It will help keep the weeds down, improve the soil, and fertilize the plants.