I don't have a good sense for plants. After all, we received an "unkillable" orchid for Christmas and a few weeks later, it was headed for the trash.
This is one main reason we removed the grass from our front yard in favor of mulch, stones and a few hardy plants. I'm happy to say these plants are doing well, so long as all you have to do is put down mulch and water them.
We also have a few little inhabitants in our front yard - a couple mice and a dwarf. I think you may have seen them before.