Drought tolerant and deer-resistant hillside planting in the front yard includes Cistus purpureus, Lavender, Salvia 'Bees Bliss', Westringea fruticosa, and Ceanothus 'Julia Phelps' This habitat garden attracts birds, native bees, butterflies, and humminbirds and is presided over by a mature California Live Oak tree.
Come to think of it... Who needs trees or bushes or even flowers when you have a climate where succulents thrive year-round? This Millbrae, CA (about 20 miles south of San Francisco) front yard fulfills all garden needs with (almost) entirely succulents.
Modern Brooklyn courtyard. Love the level change in the decking that raises the central area to create a heirachy between the sitting area and the surrounding garden. Small garden beds provide enough space for canopy trees to grow and provide dappled shade and a sense of enclosure. Pinned to Garden Design - Courtyards by Darin Bradbury
Front Yard Sidewalk-Garden Ideas: Add Easy Elegance- filling beds with low maintenance, easy-care plants, such as these ornamental grasses, including fountain grass (Pennisetum) and blue oat grass (Helictotrichon). Here's a tip: Check your city's rules about planting in this space; some places have restrictions on how tall plants can grow.
Circles water garden ....so lovely! Now if one is starting from scratch ...this would be worth the effort ... and if done the 'natural' way with proper balance of fish and vegetation growing in the small pools (see info on 'natural pool dreams') of water would really be spectacular!