When we moved into our house the landscaping was horrible. The front yard had gigantic grasses and overgrown hebe shrubs. We removed most everything and unfortunately have been staring at bare dirt ever since. I enjoy yardwork, know how to maintain the landscaping, and I LOVE a pretty yard. But I am totally clueless about how to choose plants and organize them in an aesthetically pleasing way. You have no idea the frustration this causes! Luckily I have a good friend with an eye for beautiful design plus she worked for her dad, a landscaper, for years. So she knows her stuff. So I begged her to take me to the plant store to help me design the front yard.
We enjoyed browsing plants for a few hours and eventually she pulled together the perfect plan. I got all the plants in and then laid mulch down. I love it! All the plants are small -- and I know the picture doesn't look like we did much-- but believe it or not, there are a lot of plants there. It took me all day to plant them. It will be gorgeous eventually, I think.
To contrast, this is how the yard looked when we moved in. This was early February, which is why the grass looks horrible.