This is the way our house looked when we bought it; with hedges on either side of the door, a cracked driveway, and old sidewalk to the door.
Then... we had a water main break under our driveway! Luckily, it was the city pipes to other neighbors and the bottom half of the drive was paid for. But we decided to go ahead and re-pave the entire driveway and sidewalk.
That became tearing out the hedges under the window and making a large front porch to our door!
(please excuse the pink house, it will be painted someday soon!)
The front porch with my new 4-piece steal-of-a-set patio furniture from World Market for $199 (there's another chair not shown), a rug from Grandinroad, pillows from Pier 1 Imports
We lined the front of the patio with fountain grass and grey river rock
My new metal cb2 planters with orange Hibiscus, purple/pink Petunias, Blue Flossflower/Ageratum, lime-green Creeping Jenny, and I'm not sure what the spiky/soft purple flower in front is called.
My tall planter with fiber optic grass, and purple "spikes" (what my mom and I call them)