Front yard “before”

House: Before

At least, I hope at the end of the summer it looks like a “before”!

I need a serious landscaping intervention. Last summer I had big plans, but then it turned out that I was mammoth pregnant and just couldn’t do it. So this—this is the summer when magic will happen in our front yard.

I’d love ideas and suggestions! I’m thinking English garden, very loose and pretty. The yard is partly shady much of the day, and we’re zone 5a. Thoughts?