Gravel around the foundation for drainage, plant shrubs along to help soak up water. Like the idea of the large rock to prevent erosion from the water spicket. Maybe a few cool pots or barrels with plants too? I like :) side yard idea!
Build this trellis and raised garden box combination. Cucumber, snap peas, green beans, tomatoes… ah, just think about that fresh organic food you can grow in a small area! Another huge advantage is that harvesting is a breeze.
Don't underestimate perennials in making your gardening life easier. Perennials will continue to come back every year and will only require minimal maintenance such as weeding and fertilizing. You'll save time by not having to plant and care for seedlings
Outdoor Decorating/Gardening : Half the lawn is gone in this elegant, contemporary garden by Sitio Design. I love the diagonal pavers leading through Berkeley sedge and variegated dianella groundcovers.