How can I improve entry?

Bel Air, MD(Zone 6a)

As you can see from the photo the driveway is close to where I want to build up the new landscape.
My men doing the work want to take in the area around the lamp post, planting shrubs,etc. and mulch the area. It would curve in about 5 ft. from the driveway and about 2 ft. where I now have the garden.
My question is people getting out of their car would step in the mulch, what do you think about some stepping stones or something near the top of the driveway. Also do I want a dwarf tree like the ones now in the garden or would that be too much for the entry way. Anything that I would put in would be dwarf. Thanks for any suggestions Shirley

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