I love the little lavender hedge that was in my front when I moved here. 4 yrs ago. It would be big and woody now, but I hack it back hard after flowering, and give it a general feed to say sorry! It is against my house wall which is SE facing, on really poor soil and I use it lots in my bath and for bath bombs, sprigs in my bedroom, and sachets in my drawers and wardrobes. Bees and butterflies love it too.
However, this year I am removing almost all of the plants that my ex planted, starting in my little seating area. I know he meant well, but none are plants that Ilike and are too 'sprawly', gangly, or yellow formy taste! The hostas that make the border have got too big and harbour snails, the saponaria sprawls too much! Hemerocallis are as described, day lilies. For the amount of space the plants use, they don,t earn their keep, and smother the good stuff. I want to turn these beds into a year round, sensory, cutting flower garden that I can watch the wildlife in whilst I sit to contemplate my next decision. So, all coming out to start again with yr round plants and bulbs. All must have a use whether to attract pollinaters and predators, smell good, or be nice to cut for the house. Edible and deterring pests (close to fruit and veg and GH) is a bonus. Sterting with that little area, I want most plants in my garden to have a use. I'll allow just looking good as a use as long as it providdes winter interest!
I am going to pot up everything I remove. Some to go to the school, some to sa local care home, and I hope to sell some for charity. Can' t chuck em on the heap even if I hate em!