Well- there's a growing movement toward less lawn, more plants.
Here's a design from last year's Landscape Designer of the Year- Margie Grace (APLD)- that really speaks to me. Veggies are dangling in a containers and mixing it up with natives and easy plants.
These plants attract, shelter, and feed wildlife as they provide visual interest and soothe the soul. Ahh... now this is truly pretty as a picture!