Beautiful No-Mow Yards: convert ditches in landscape into a low-maintenance garden. Instead of covering the ditch with grass, plant a Swale Garden. These types of gardens help channel storm-water runoff, benefiting both the yard and local environment.
Take advantage of a change in grade to display your favorite potted plants on niches in a retaining wall holding back the slope. Bringing flowering pots closer to eye level gives them greater impact....plants are so pretty fixed this way!
Foot-traffic-friendly groundcovers that compete well with weeds and stay relatively short without mowing include mat-forming creeping thyme, grasslike blue sedge (Carex glauca), and mounding moss phlox (a good choice on hillsides where mowing is difficult).
Play Up Purple Golden leaves grab the eye -- but so do purple ones. And plants with violet, maroon, or plum-hue leaves (including 'Diabolo' ninebark, many Japanese maples, and many weigelas) are especially trendy. The rich coloring stands out in the garden and blends well with a wide variety of shades, including chartreuse.