Ground covers are a low-maintenance alternative—and complement—to grass. “Because they’re low to the ground and dense, they give a neat appearance with very little maintenance,” says Winslow. “They also allow you to introduce spring bulbs to your landscape, because the ground cover hides the dead leaves after the bulbs bloom.”
Japanese garden. I'm hoping this is harmony! You have the repeating curvy shape of the tree, the bush, and the garden sculpture. The different element would be the man made sculpture vs nature, but it still works due to the shape.
This trick may seem contradictory, but we promise it works: Break up open areas of a small space so it feels larger. Here, a colorful bed of roses, annuals, and perennials effectively divides a small back yard landscape into attractive nooks.