When we bought our house in 2006 this area just had some sand and clumps of dirt. The following summer we dug it up, put down dirt and planted perennials and some annuals. We lost quite a few plants that first winter. Each year it has gotten better. This year I was excited. I only needed to replace three plants. I did also add some more annuals for color.
We have also taken down the fence that was on the side and back of our house. Because of the frost it as starting to fall over. In the back between our yard and the neighbors we decided to put in three Spring Snow crabapple trees. These should get between 20 to 25 feet high and 18 to 20 feet wide.