Water drainage is a major issue for many homeowners. Poor drainage can cause all sorts of problems, including basement flooding, icy sidewalks, as well as excess seepage that can damage the foundation of your home.
For the front yard? This was dug below grade, simulating the way water carves rocky terrain. I like the way plants grow in and along the bed, too. The designer is Bill Schnetz of Schnetz Landscape in Escondido.