If you decide that most of your shrubs need to be replaced because they do not fit their location, you may want to consult a professional. You may want to hire a landscape architect or landscape designer to create a plan for you. Many landscape contractors also offer a planning service. Landscape contractors can also install and maintain your plants. However, regardless of their reputation, look at some of the landscapes they designed or installed about five to seven years ago. Even well-known professionals make the mistake of using plants that grow too large for their location.
Full-service nurseries and garden stores can help you select plants that fit different locations. The two most important selection criteria are sun/shade tolerance and mature height and width. Measure planting areas and carefully check plant labels for mature sizes and sun preference. Sun-loving plants do best on the west and south sides of buildings whereas shade tolerant plants do better on the east and north sides.
Allen Wilson is a Vancouver gardening specialist. firstname.lastname@example.org