Instead of a small space you have to mow, try making a flowerbed to add visual interest to your front lawn: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/landscaping-projects/landscape-basics/front-yard-flower-power/?socsrc=bhgpin02082014softenyoursidewalk&page=6
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Use Lattice as a Screen A fence and carefully chosen plants insulate a side yard. -- A clamoring vine -- here, Boston ivy -- softens hardscape edges and adds another layer of privacy. -- A door is a distinctive, uninterrupted signal of a private space; fitted with a small section of latticework, it includes a decorative element that repeats the design in the fence.