A couple of weeks ago, we had a horticulturalist in to look at our backyard and discuss ideas for using it better, both from a practical and an attractiveness perspective. It was really useful, because it confirmed some things we thought, and gave us some new ideas.
These shrubs are at the top of the retaining wall. They were here when we bought the house. We've trimmed them a bit but that's it really. Husby was most pleased when she recommended we get rid of them!