As you can see in the "before" picture, the rhododendron is overgrown and blocking the bay window. We decided to remove the entire shrub, unfortunately it was just too big and not right for this space. It was a beautiful plant but in the wrong location. Then, as you can see in the "after" photo, we added a small fountain, boxwoods along the foundation, and a fuschia and ornamental grasses that do not get very big and like dry, shady areas. The camilla shrubs were trimmed. For flowering trees and shrubs, the best time to prune is after they flower but before they set their new buds for next year. We also fertilized afterwards to help it overcome the trauma of all the cuts. We think it looks so much better. Now, when we open our dining room window, we can see out and hear the water running! It is so relaxing.
The Lovebirds Fountain up close: