This is the front of the house where the previous owners gravelled the two flower beds. Unfortunately it hasn't been done very well and, as you can see, weeds are a constant problem. At the least this will need to be done properly but I'd like to add some bulbs and a possibly a few small low maintenance shrubs.
I don't want to create a problem where anything grows out over the pavement so any shrubs will need to have a very contained shape/growth. Does anyone know if it is possible to have all year round flowers from bulbs? Answers to this question and ideas for suitable shrubs will be very much appreciated!