This is currently the view from the window right by my computer desk. My desk looks out over a short walk that goes from the side door to the back yard gate. It is a small area but I have planted things here that give me three seasons of bloom and a nice view whenever I am at my desk. Even in winter the Irises, walk, fence and gate look nice.
One landscaping principle that I am trying to follow is to make your garden as pretty when viewed from inside the house as it is when viewed from the street. Make something interesting and pleasing to look at from every window you spend a good length of time looking out of. Site your bird feeder where you can see it out the window from your place at the dining room table, and you wont miss seeing your bird friends visit.
I have a pretty view of the front garden from my favorite reading chair in the living room. Our bird feeder can be seen from one dining room window and also from the window over the kitchen sink. The humming bird feeder is right outside the other dining room window, close enough for plenty of opportunities to see the hummingbirds that visit.
Nothing lifts my spirits like seeing the beauty of a flower. So my final advice is to put a pot of pretty flowers right outside the door you go in and out of the most. In the summer try a big pot of petunias and in the winter you can have a pot of pansies. That way whenever you go out about your business your flowers will give you something to smile about.
I recently had some fun watching the interactions of some Bumblebees and Honey bees in my two Red Bud trees. In the smaller tree the Honey bees appeared to be trying to chase off, unsuccessfully, the larger Bumblebees. In the larger tree the bees just ignored each other.
Since I took these pictures with a small point and shoot digital camera I had to get within inches of the bees to get the pictures. I knew they would just ignore me, but it made me jumpy anyway.