|I probably should have tidied up for the photos.|
If I had to do it over, I might select more groundcovers and fewer shrubs for the front yard, but we chose plants that were supposed to be good for the native wildlife. And honestly, it is nice to listen to all the birds when we sit on the porch.
And another cause for the drastic changes is the devastation the remodel caused to the yard. We were left with several piles of dirt and other debris that we decided to incorporate into the landscape rather than send to the landfill. (The garbage bags went to the landfill. Sadly, I think that was just the masking plastic from the house paint job.)