My approach: create sustainable (i.e. no burdensome pruning or maintenance); pollinator-friendly gardens that are exuberant, with lots of colors and textures, motion and flow and with multi-season interest (i.e. flowers, fall foliage color, berries, interesting bark).
Screening border in Rye
A "sneak path" for maintenance and a swale running behind the bed along the property line
Modern Synagogue: After
A "menorah" of coral bark maple and crapemyrtle, with boxwoods that echo the planters