Posted: 03/01/2013 at 15:45
I like the knot garden idea too.
I had a large yucca in the middle of my small front lawn. It has since been removed as it got to be a nightmare being stabbed by it as I mowed the lawn or walked past it! It looked impressive when in flower and it was very structural. I saved and am nurturing some of the baby ones for in a large pot.
I have a small island bed in the lawn now with a corkscrew hazel, a Caryopteris Heavenly Blue, a salvia and seasonal interest with bulbs, primroses and annuals.
The lawn has a border along the path that curves round under the window.