So for the time being I said "screw a plan" and I just picked one small spot to work on.
One struggle with deciding what to do in this particular area is that it gets only about 1 hour of sunlight a day. I really wanted some colorful plants to put here but unfortunately without the sun there aren't many options. I knew hostas were are a staple plant for shady areas and when they went on sale at Home Depot last weekend I took that as the universe letting me know it was time to make a move.
We went to HD and picked up 3 hostas, 2 pretty flowered plants (I'll go outside to look up the name tomorrow) that are supposed to survive the shade, and two bags of Vigoro rubber mulch, made out of recycled tires. We chose this mulch because it doesn't have to be replaced every year, doesn't mold or break down, and it keeps old tires out of our landfills.
We didn't get enough of the mulch, so I'll be getting more but otherwise I'm really excited about it!
It's my hope that the hostas will grow to camouflage the ugly old exhaust PVC pipe and the lovely window well covers that are currently bolted to the brick so not readily removable. I'm also thinking about adding some taller decorative grass in the back. What do you think? Would it be nice and add depth or would it make it too busy?