I went out and got a few more pictures.
I suppose the dirt is a bit red, though it looks brown compared to what I'm used to seeing.
The plants themselves look to be old - the smallest of them is at least two foot in diameter at the base.
They have serrated margins if it can't be seen from the pictures. I have no idea what they are, and don't claim to.
I had forgot the plumbing access for the house was in that bed... until I stepped in it.
That will have to be worked around. I'm sure having hedges around that wasn't a terribly brilliant idea.
The shrub right behind the plumbing access is something different than the others. It actually looks decent and controllable. It was windy when I was out taking these pics - so excuse some of the blurriness on this one.
I'm not too worried about finding plants for this area. It's rare that we get anything in around here that won't grow. Case in point, I had never even seen a bougainvillea before Saturday! Those in states further south (zones 8+) will probably think that's unbelievable.
They're not really suited for anything other than potted plants here.
I figured out what was by the front door. Some sort of shrub with some thorns... with a wild type/climbing rose mixed in and tangled around it. That's definitely going!
I mentioned our weather in an earlier post... it's 79F (roughly 26C) right now and the humidity is at 4%.. I wasn't prepared for it being that warm and crawling around behind those shrubs made me a bit sick.
This unfortunately will be a big obstacle for me.