Gravel around the foundation for drainage, plant shrubs along to help soak up water. Like the idea of the large rock to prevent erosion from the water spicket. Maybe a few cool pots or barrels with plants too? I like :) side yard idea!
IKEA Hack: DIY Command Center with Storage and Chalkboard. It started as 3 Expedit shelving units from IKEA but when turned on its side, it offers a great storage and organization center that makes a perfect command station