I love the little stepping stone path (maybe impractical?) and also the way the screens stop you seeing all the way down - draws your eye along path (could be a good way to distract attention from fence and wall?
You had me at shrub balls.
possible front yard planter look - stained black planters would look really nice with the black details of your house.
Mosman Landscape Design: Outdoor Establishments More - Outdoor shower, white pots
Slightly raised garden bed for front yard pathway from driveway
Use rocks to separate two areas, then bury rope lights in the rocks for lighting. on January 2013 in Home Decor 3 Advertisement Use rocks to separate the grass from the deck, then bury rope lights in the rocks for lighting