Here are some photos of the transformation that's taking place. (The rose beds along the side fences were put in during March -- ten rose bushes in all, five on each side. The five crape myrtle trees along the back fence were put in last August.)
Now the flagstone patio is in process. Hooray! It'll take a while to be finished since my gardener has other jobs and commitments, too, but there's no real rush. He's about one-fourth of the way done with the flagstone part; then he'll plant tiny mondo grass plants in the spaces between the flags. It'll be about 20' x 50' in area, and it'll be wonderful for a big table/chairs/umbrella set, container gardening, etc.
I'll post more photos as things move along.