Homemade "Miracle Grow": Get a clean glass jar, put a little water in it. Add egg shells and coffee grounds until it's about 3/4 full. Top it off w/water and allow to sit in a cool, dark place for about a week, gently shaking once daily. Strain pop the discarded shells and coffee grounds in the bonrashi and use the liquid when ready to feed plants.
Genus: S. nipponica 'Snowmound' Zones: 3 to 8 Cost: $7 to $40 Expert says: "The tiny cascading summer blossoms are spectacular. But the wild waterfall-like shape of the stems gives great 'fill' to landscapes year-round." — Rebecca Cole, garden designer, New York City - GoodHousekeeping.com
Gravel around the foundation for drainage, plant shrubs along to help soak up water. Like the idea of the large rock to prevent erosion from the water spicket. Maybe a few cool pots or barrels with plants too? I like :)