We've decided to take out the old ugly lava rock from our flower beds in front, and replace it with plants and ground cover. I've never been very good at designing gardens, I always just went with what I had at the time and made do. These are the two areas we will be working on.
We are leaving the azaleas and the cedar trees. And I have been thinking I would add a few hosta plants to the higher bed, along with some seasonal bedding plants and a ground cover. For the lower bed, I don't have a clue, except for some ground cover. We don't want to use cedar or wood mulch due to the fear of attracting termites. We already fight fire ants on a daily basis.
If this was your yard, what would you do??? Advice and suggestions coveted.