We've never really done anything to improve upon our "contractor grade" landscaping until recently. When I looked at walkway leading up to our house, it was simply a see of green junipers. It offered no depth or contrast of color.
Sooo... I walked by this green sea of juniper one day and decided to tear it out and replant. I backed Emily's Jeep up to the bushes and tied one of my retired climbing ropes around the eight bushes, popped it into 4-wheel drive, and out they came. As you can imagine, I was left with a eight root holes and about two truckloads of old moldy mulch.
Finally, I've always liked the sound of trickling water, except for when I have to use the bathroom. For a natural looking water feature, I went with Aquascape's three basalt stone in-ground fountain. It went in very easily. First I ran power and water to the fountain location. Then, I dug out the water collection basin. I also installed an automatic dosing system to help keep my fountain's water crystal clear. To top it off I installed LED lights in each stone to illuminate the water at sunset. This makes for a dramatic effect at night.