Some planting considerations that I have include a mature & ugly maple tree smack dab in the middle of my front yard. This provides some shade in the late afternoon & evening and it also means there's a LOT of roots to deal with. We also live in an older home that was built post-WW2, likely hand built by it's original owners. We've found lots of evidence in our remodeling that they used scrap bits and pieces where ever they could. There is an old stoop or something out in this particular flower bed, right in the middle under the 2 windows. It means I can't dig very deep, so no shrubs could go there. No way in heck I'm even asking Brad to rip that out. We'll just deal with it.
With the tree, sun/shade, stoop foundation under consideration, I've developed a nice plant list.
Germander (instead of boxwood)
Joe Pye Weed
Some sort of med. tall straight grass
dwarf Burning Bush
rose of some sort (get clippings of old rose from friend's Gr Gr Grandma's garden!)
On that list I have none of the shrubs and I have most of the perennials & herbs in my yard. The annuals are all volunteers that I can transplant and the bulbs, well, shucks, I guess I'll have to order more bulbs! I know this list strays from many of the typical "cottage garden" plants, but Delphinium & Lupine are plants I've struggled with, Digitalis is poisonous, so that's a no-go. Many of the plants I'll be using are "heritage" plants, or plants I've gotten from other people. I think that having plants that were gifted from someone else only play up the cottage feel of the garden.
Now that I have a plant list, next up is a layout plan. I'm working hard on that and will share it in the next week or so. What are you planting???