Flagstone Courtyard Garden - moving beyond the standard issue suburban front yard (lawn + shade tree + foundation plantings) ... a front courtyard gives you a place to sit that has a different sun orientation than any other ... perhaps sunnier, perhaps shadier. Variety, that's good!
We had a beautiful, old mimosa tree gracing our front yard when I was little. My sisters & I spent many summer afternoons swinging from a rope tied high up in it's pink, feathered branches. Bloomin' happiness!