The soldier row of overgrown yews have GOT to go! Surely there is something more appealing for a full sun zone 5 narrow (15′)planting bed for the front of a west facing brick building? Of course I want multi season interest, fragrance would be a nice plus. Can I plant a small tree up close to the brick?
Planting up close to the brick will give you a little added protection and heat; you might find you can push your zone a little bit! Do you want all the same plants? A mix of shrubs and perennials can give you interest in all seasons as well as fragrance. Here are some really basic design tips. For the small tree, how about a crab apple?