Hello garden lovers, I am currently revamping the garden of the house that my husband and I have moved into. There is one stretch of it though that we're quite stuck with! It runs alongside the house and driveway, is north-facing (gets a little sunshine in the morning and afternoon from end of March through to beginning of October). We live in the north of Italy, close to the lakes. At the moment, it is a rather randomly planted long stretch of grass with a couple of Japanese maples and little else going on. Our thoughts were to make it a little formal (seeing as it's also north facing and it gets very dry in the summer with temperatures up to 35C and the winters here are very cold, at night down to -10C). I was thinking to get rid of current planting and plant maybe a line of needle cypress/junipers (the variety that doesn't grow too big, any suggestions?) along the driveway bit, but then what to do with the rest? I was also thinking of planting lavender underneath the current trimmed hedge but doubt it would thrive in such a position... I want to keep as easy Mediterranean clean look. Any suggestions? we're scratching our heads here! see photos to see what I mean thank you all!