My second year... last year I did some transplanting of overgrown shrubs and bushes from and to new beds, and did some minor plantings. No full blown bed designs. It's my time to do my first one. A small job, but still important. A small cape, the bed to the left of the front door is 16', large picture window, centered, to the right is 9 foot, double set of windows also centered over the bed. Both are 5' deep. On the left side, I want to use a cut leaf maple under the window, and out from there, symetrically, 2 gold mop cypresses (one on either side of the maple), and 4 sky pencils, two on each end of the bed. Between the cypress and sky pencils, but towards the front, two muhgo pines. In front of the sky pencils on both sides, an ornamental grass called a pink cloud (Muhlenbergia capillaris) which is intended to be a temporary 3 year install, as once it gets mature at 4' it will over grow the spot. On the right bed, a globe spruce under the windows, an upright boxwood to the left next to the porch, and on the right of the spruce, a sand cherry to balance the maroon color of the maple in the opposite bed. On either side of the spruce, but further from the house, a small variegated golden eunonymous, again to balance the color in the opposite bed with the mop cypresses. I will add two heathers just inside the eunonymous'. I'll add some phlox and annuals to these beds as well. I will raise the beds with a 1' + change stone retaining wall up front. I hope this can be visualized.... I just don't have the resources yet to buy software to make proposals, I'm using sketches. The job is mine and the customer will go with whatever I suggest. My intent here is to have a feature plant in each bed (the maple and spruce), keep some balance even though the two beds are not near in size to each other, and have some year round interest. The spot for the sand cherry is a bit small for that plant, but it can be pruned to keep it from getting overgrown. A friend of mine suggested junipers around the maple, but junipers like dry feet, and the other plants want water. Southern exposure, full sun for most of the day. I'm a rookie, but want to do this right. Any suggestions or critisisms welcomed. Thanks in advance!