Im not one to make announcements, but I, along with my soon-to-be-wife-person, purchased a home and made settlement this past Friday. Fun stuff....living the American dream, right? I own a piece of Earth, that's what's cool to me. Anyway, in 2 days (after living here for 3 years as a rental tenant) - my garage door got all fucked up and I broke one of the underground PVC gutter drain pipes with a shovel while trying to remove a Dwarf Alberta Spruce... why's that type of shit always happen? which brings me to the point of this thread. I removed all of the landscaping that was within 6 feet of the house. The owner, who is an old-school Eye-Talian, planted the worst shit on this property and I never maintained it while renting. Stupid stuff, like Crepe Myrtles, a huge blue Spurce, Dwarf Spruces, Rose Bushes, a Holly Tree, 2 Beechwoods, Japanese Maples, Dogwoods (2 of them) and 3 GIANT pin oaks in the rear that are 100-75-60 feet tall. You couldn't even see the front of the house. I have a tree company coming out to deadwood and trim the oaks tomorrow, at the sellers expense as part of my negotiations. Right now Im basically looking for ideas of things to plant in the flower beds right next to house. Modern stuff, nothing that will grow to 10 feet tall. Im thinking some shrub type plants closest to the house, with some smaller plants with some color in the front. I don't know what I want, annuals or perrenials, so you tell me. Maybe I want both, I don't know...but I went to Home Depot today and didn't really think anything was all that great.