Have Fun with Plants
As a landscaping idea, utilize what plants do naturally. Many plants take on a life of their own and add a lot of style and characteristic to your landscape. Ivy is a great example of how a plant can add another dimension to your landscape. Ivy will grow up and down trees and up and down retaining walls. The difference between a bare retaining wall and one covered in ivy is big. Shrubs are nice as well. Shrubs and bushes continually grow, year after year. With a little bit of practice and effort you can become skilled at pruning the shrubs and bushes so that they add a lot of characteristic to your landscape as well.