What shape should my lawn be?
Below is a picture of my house. It's tough to see the dimensions, but the lawn is a 30x50' rectangle with the longest side along the driveway. The beds near the house are about 12 feet deep. From Garden070708
Here is a closer view of the path to the front door. From Garden070708
I can't take away too much lawn, I have boys who need their ball space, but I'm trying to figure out how to do a few things. First, the rectangular yard is very boring. I was thinking of adding small curved beds near the street maybe reaching up along the driveway a bit, but I am not sure how to make them look like they are not just hanging out there.
Secondly I'd like to bring more attention to the front door. Part of that would be to make the front path more substantial, but I am not sure if it should be within the garden bed as it is now or the path should actually be the front edge of the garden bed. I like how the path passes through the garden, but if I make the path more important, will that make the bit of garden on the far side seem superfluous? Any other ideas on bringing attention to the front door?
Lastly, I was thinking of widening the front beds, but I'm afraid that would put too much distance between the house and the lawn, making the house seem too isolated. How do I know what depth beds are appropriate?
If anyone has thoughts on these issues, I would very much appreciate it.
Thanks in advance!