I live in a desert and getting things to grow is a chore, and water is expensive. We also have restrictions on when and for how long we can water. My front yard is between the house and the sun for most of the day. I've got a flowerbed with plants that don't need much direct sunlight and it's easy to water a small triangular area. On the side of the front yard are roses and in front between the street and sidewalk is an area with a lilac bush and a monster bush, don't know the name, but they are all over the place in people's yards. This is my Lilac.
This is the monster bush all flowered out. Once it back to normal I'll have to chop it down as it's overflowing the curb and sidewalk. This is if I can get my son to take the edger to it.