Please help w landscaping ideas for my front yard. I hate the magnolia but it needs to stay right now for financial reasons and because it might belong to the city.... I'd love to learn to love it rather than just feel like a giant tree is in my yard. Here are other details:
enter house through carport, so we have no visible front door (fairly typical in our neighborhood),
azaleas to left of house also need to stay
lavender in right flower bed should stay as well, but needs other plants in the bed with it. it's only a year old and will get bigger.
I'm in Maryland, zone 7b. I'm partial to natives, but don't need all natives. I love hydrangeas, but would they be too much?
it's shady/partly shady around the magnolia. full sun everywhere else.
I'm happy to re-take the photos -- I tried to follow what seems to be the convention here.