Many houses in Spain has got an area in front of them to be decorated and maintained. Our suggestion is to choose very slovly growing plants, with minimum water and soil needs and avoid plants with an agressive root growth and spiky plants to avoid pedestrians beeing hurt.
For who this seems to complicated, we advise to use or gravel or ASTRO TURF.
ASTRO TURF is the easiest solution. It will look clean and well kept all year long and any dog lefts, etc. can be washed away quickly with water.