Create a Center. Your backyard lawn doesn't need to be a big dull space. Use it as a central access point to other landscape features. Here, a meandering swath of grass looks great on its own, but it also connects pathways that lead to a series of garden rooms. The result is charm -- and an efficient use of yard space.
The best way to get the border to pop was with 'Midnight' lobelia. I combined that with the soft flowing texture of the 'Silver Mound' artemesia to create what would resemble the feeling of a stream running through the middle of the bed to tie it all together. I added some of the more captivating kinds of heuchera to provide some variation to the colors.