Here's part of my teeny front yard. Things are really growing quickly.
When I bought the townhouse it had just been built and had brand new landscaping. Soon after I moved in I dug up all the bland hideous shrubs and replaced them with things that I like. In the front yard I planted grasses, spirea, liatris, coneflower, black eyed susan, clematis, dianthis, and I always plant some nasturtiums and morning glories.