Oh my head is spinning with all these ideas! In the area under the tree I did plant hostas and a couple of coral bells as well as two creeping phlox in the corner. Between the hostas and the potty chair are 3 mums which hopefully will bloom this fall. MGlories on a trellis on the backside of the tree where the old door is now would be a great, too. I have to be careful what I plant near the electric poles. REC gets a little testy about landscaping around them. That's where Honchey's door idea would work great as it would be easily removed for any maintenance work, plus camouflage the meter and box unit.
Thanks all--Know I can count on you guys.