When we went to the garden place, we showed them pictures of our house. Really, we're just replacing bushes with bushes and trees with trees. The bushes we currently have in front of my house are prickly, not good with kids around so we got a different type. Our trees in front of our garage are kind of dying, so we picked out new ones. We asked for low maintenance and items that will last a long time. The landscaper suggested planting a bunch of flowers and stuff, but I don't want anything that I'm going to have to replace quite often (or ever) or anything else that will require a lot of maintenance.