Small Front Yard design for privacy and interest
This photo illustrates several themes useful in garden design. Form and foliage can be high impacts without blooms, but can also be enhanced with a bit of color. Contrasting textures of coarse succulent foliage is made more dramatic when layered against fine textured backgrounds.
From a design standpoint, this planting scheme was also intended to scale down a privacy wall for a small courtyard off the front yard family room behing the wall. Plantings were also used to soften the walls, growing both up against the wall with the Black eyed Susan Vine, and trailing over the lowere raised planter wall, with the Parrot's Beak Lotus berthelottii. Verticality is provided by the Windmill palms anchoring the stairs at the entry to the house.
The total scene is pretty much static the year round, except that the Coral Aloe blooms are seasonal for 2 months in spring only. The rest of the colored foliage and blooms are pretty much year round, or lasting at least 6 months in season.
Here is a link that might be useful: Small Front Garden Design