Less-is-more landscape approach - with a gravel mulch you have an attractive background while the (undisturbed) plants have room to spread. Helichotrichon, sedum, thyme, with pebbles, large and small rocks. This is very well done.
Hornbeam Hedge in Pennsylvania. A sheared fastigiate European hornbeam hedge (under-planted with liriope) lines a driveway in Villanova, PA. Designer John Shandra of Gale Nurseries wanted to create a sharp, clean line between public and private space.