This year, I've re-worked this scene to the left of my front steps as you approach the house. Earlier this spring I removed a much-loved, but poorly-situated Stipa gigantea because it was spilling over onto the steps at the front entry creating a bit of a hazard and, more generally, looking unkempt.
Last year, in preparation for this renovation, I removed the ultra-pink Rosa 'Gertrude Jekyll' and replaced it with the equally fragrant and statuesque Rosa 'Abraham Darby' whose coloring is less insistent and more in keeping with my current color palette. He's not showing his bloom yet in this photo but will be a major player as the season unfolds. Other key players, counter-clockwise from the bottom left, include Anemanthele lessoniana, Lonicera 'Baggeson's Gold', Helianthemum 'Henfield Brilliant', Taxus 'Sentinalis' and Physocarpus 'Diabolo.'
I added the container this spring to showcase a favorite cordyline called 'Pink Sensation' that I picked up last year. The container contributes strong, all-season structure, bringing the entire scene into sharp focus. Voila!