***Bugs can be a problem when mulch is too close to the house. Adding rocks can help that problem and also keeps heavy rain from splashing muddy mulch all over the siding. Great idea for front flower bed where the rain pours down.
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!
Plant Container tips: A general design rule is to mix elements, such as vertical and cascading. A general design rule is “one vertical element, two bushy plants that grow up and out, and two cascading plants,