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!
Fountain Grasses(Pennisetum), with their bottlebrush plumes, soften the walkway of this lovely coastal cottage home in in Westport, Connecticutt. Photography courtesy of Janice Parker Landscape Architects. (grows in Utah as well)