Here's the entrance before. The bushes are quite literally 5 feet deep, what a waste of space and they block half of our front windows.
It doesn't even look like the same house!
Unfortunately no great before picture but this is a good 10x5 area that had a huge pampas grass with thorny vines tangled in growing up into the tree that's inside our back yard fence.
For our side 'planter' we called in professionals for this job. This planter contained two very tall trees, one of which leaned dangerously over the house and the other over the road.
...minor miscommunication... the ugly ball should have gone too... but we'll just deal with it later.
Here's a Final look at the before. A house dwarfed by trees and shrubs.
A much improved but not completed after.