On Monday, I mentioned my husband cut down four juniper bushes over the weekend. Typically, I don't like to cut down established plants. However, these had outgrown their space and were hiding some other more interesting shrubs.
There's a slight change in perspective, but those are the same two trees as the first picture. The one on the right is dead, and will be taken down soon. Removing the juniper bushes will allow the arborist to get to the tree and grind out the stump without damaging any of the shrubs we want to keep.
We found an interesting yew, more baby rhododendrons, a couple of azaleas, and a half dozen mahonia bushes between and behind the junipers. We also found some scraggly hostas and a handful of leaves like the two shown above. I think this is some sort of begonia groundcover? It was very obviously planted along what would have been the edge of a bed, but was hidden under the junipers.
We'll be moving a couple of azaleas from the back island bed to this space (since the tree in the back island bed is also dead). Once those are moved, I'm going to re-evaluate this space. I think the junipers provided valuable greenery in the winter, so I'll probably look at some sort of dwarf evergreen to fill in the gaps without overgrowing the space.