Hey all you garden folks! I could use a suggestion for foundation plants in front of my south-facing mid-Atlantic home. We've been here three years and haven't found something suitable for that space.
There was a bushy cedar type tree there when we moved in and we cut it down because it was blocking so much light. This year I planted a veggie garden there thinking they would like the heat but I had trouble keeping up with the watering needs and, also, the garden looked a bit "messy" right next to the house (especially for my husband's taste).
Log story short, I'm now looking to go a more traditional route. Here's the type of plant I'm looking for:
Something relatively short (3-4 feet) and airy (we want the architectural features on the house to show)
Something somewhat medium (or fast?) growing - I don't want to plant a shrub that will take years to fill in and look right in the space. I'm one of those terrible impatient gardeners. A slow growing shrub is out of the question...no matter how wonderful.
Evergreen would be cool but I'm open to even a beautiful perennial that dies to the ground in winter.
I'm open to all looks - traditional mid-Atlantic foundations plants are fine (they seem so non-fuss and would fit in well). I also like other styles.
I'm open to flowering or not.
The soil isn't great and the area is hot - south facing - and I'm not a great waterer.
Thanks for your help!!