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 :) - Flower Beds and Gardens
how to stop weeds from growing - pull weeds that are there -- then lay newspaper over the entire area --- when covered wet the newspaper real well-- then put mulch on top of that. Ready to plant and be weed free for a year!
Power Perennials: Plants That Thrive No Matter What