Whether to use straight-line beds or curving beds is a matter of personal taste. It might help you to take our "What Is Your Garden Style?" quiz at http://www.bhg.com/bhg/quiz.jsp?quizId=/templatedata/bhg/quiz/data/1189707784144.xml. Because each home and yard is unique, it may be worth your while to consult a professional for ideas of what to plant. An on site visit is really the only way to determine what is best for the site. You could also look through the planting plans on our web site for ideas. You'll find them at http://www.bhg.com/gardening/plans/.