For once, I’ve done it right. I paid special attention to the area around the outside spigot, because — DUH! — I use it all the damned time. And now every time I see it, it’s lovely to look at. [The spigot itself is just behind the corner of the house.]
First, I got rid of the overgrown holly bush that scratched me any time I went near the hose. [Design rule #1 should be, Don’t plant holly or agave or cactus near where you attach your garden hose.] Then I planted part-shade-loving “Limelight” heuchera, neighbor Nick Petit’s hostas, azaleas, and sensitive ferns (Onoclea sensibilis)that wouldn’t get so big they impede access to the spigot.
Now the area delights me every time I turn the hose on or off. When I do that, here is what I see: