This client wanted to screen the air conditioning unit, and have more colour. She decided we would add shrubs this fall (a great time to plant!), and flowers in the spring. Here is what it looked like before, and below is after I added the shrubs and re-arranged some of her existing perennials:
The new juniper 'Moonglow' will eventually get large enough to screen the view, without blocking access. In the meantime, the ornamental grass 'Karl Foerster' will help block the view.
There's a Dart's Red spirea in the corner closest to the front door. It will add flower colour in summer and have reddish-purple foliage in fall.
I also added 3 'Black Beauty' elderberries, whose purple-black foliage contrast well with the blue juniper and fescues. They will eventually get 5 ft tall and wide.
The blue fescues were moved from the other side of the front sidewalk, and I also re-arranged the variegated grasses and yellow daylilies a little.
We haven't added any flowers yet and I think it already looks a lot better with the various colours and textures of foliage.