As promised, here is a picture of the other new bed I laid out last week:
The new front yard bed as seen from the street
My mom thought that our large front lawn was a bit boring and asked me to come up with some sort of planting to beautify it. She wanted a Japanese maple, and we went from that idea to find other plants to go along with it. I ended up planting the lace-leaf Japanese maple Acer palmatum dissectum atropurpureum 'Tamukeyama' flanked by two 'Little Lime' hydrangeas (Hydrangea paniculata 'Jane') and a Yucca filamentosa 'Color Guard'. Eventually some sort of decorative light fixture will probably go in front of this arrangement, nestled in the slight curve of the planting.