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 :)
Fill Your Deck with Plants - Soften your space with beautiful blooms and lush greenery from container gardens. It's easy to tuck a few containers here and there. Here's a hint: You may not be limited to growing annuals. Perennials and shrubs survive outdoors in containers if the container is large enough, which may be 4- to 5-feet wide in northern climates.