Just in front of my house is a small border, probably around 3 feet deep and 5 foot long. It is quite a warm border but it suffers from the dry margin that the house creates. When I first moved into the house it was dominated by a large lilac, a red rose and a ceanothus. Now I like a good ceanothus but this one was too large and was blocking out light from the window. I gave it a drastic prune and it responded by drastically dying. This was no great loss and I resolved to replace it elsewhere in the garden, nine years later I still haven't got around to this.
I have planted odd bits in this border, some to better effect than others. There is now a climbing Gertrude Jekyll rose by the door which is a pure delight. I also planted a white japanese anemone that winds its flowers through the red rose and works very well. A couple of years ago I planted some fuchsias and hellebores in the border and they have also worked well. Finally there is a myrtle by the front door. This is important, if you plant a myrtle by the front door it means you will always return home safely (apparently/allegedly).
A few weeks ago I also took some divisions of various plants in the back garden. I had determined that this revamp of the front garden would not cost me any money. I potted up the divisions and lo and behold they sprouted quite well.
It was time to clear the detritus from border and replant.
Time will tell.