Before, you had a direct line of sight from the street to our lovely brown trashcan. This area was constantly muddy, and despite our best efforts, we couldn't get any grass to grow here....of course the weeds and moss had no objections.
We removed a couple inches of dirt to make room for the gravel and flagstone, then dug a trench around the perimeter of the walkway for the edging. We went with a composite edging for it's affordability and resistance to rot. It's also made from recycled materials and more flexible than metal edging. It's very easy to install; all you need is a rubber mallet and the metal stakes included with the edging to secure it into the ground. We added a wooden trellis and framed out a small flower bed in front of it.
The next step was to lay the flagstone. We started with a layer of limestone road base then layed down our flagstone pavers. On top of that went crushed granite, to fill in all the cracks between the stones.
We planted a knock out rose bush in the front flower bed and a bougainvillea in the bed along the fence. They should be very pretty when in full bloom, and the rose bush will help disguise the trash can even more.