Do you know your planting zone? if not, you can check it here: http://www.usna.usda.gov/Hardzone/ushzmap.html
.... when starting any landscaping, you should first consider your zone, so you can choose the right plant combinations that wil be hardy in your area.
Also what kind of light does this spot get? Full sun, part sun, or part shade or full shade? If fUll shade, is this a deep shade?
MOST full sun plants need at least 6 hours of sunlight each day ...
As a rule of thumb, low maintenance, easy plants include evergreens and shrubs. You can do a very nice planting arrangement in just low growing evergreen bushes, and they will look nice all year long .... unless you live in a zone not suitable to them ..... so once we have the above info established, I can help you out more and would be happy to supply you a list of plants and flowers for this spot.