A couple of years ago, my friend Penny decided she was tired of trying to maintain a lawn in the front. I had recently renewed a friendship with Chuck Giordano from grade school. He owns a landscape design, installation and maintence company. They do a lot of commercial work, but also do some residential.
They did such a good job for her. They built her a patio with a wall around in the front. They put in lighting and a dripper system. She went ahead and let them do the maintence too. Her yard looks fabulous. And this is in the middle of the blazing summer heat. She says there is always something blooming out there. She is very happy. He isn't cheap, but they do great work. If anyone wants their number, let me know!