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 :)
6 Plants You Can Grow to Repel Insects. You can grow these six plants in your garden, or even in pots in your home, to keep mosquitoes, gnats, ticks and fleas away – plus aphids and mites which can destroy your garden.