Three years ago, we moved from a small twin with a 20-foot front yard out to Paradise. We now have a little over half an acre, with some interesting features inherited from the previous owners. Coming into our third summer here, I have an overwhelming urge to remake the landscape, but I admit to having a black thumb. Last year, I planted about 100 bulbs in my new "garden" along the back edge of the property, and only succeeded in feeding the deer and rabbits.
Overview at http://www.tfrog93.com/garden/garden1.htm . While I really wanted a "photography garden" back there, I think I've given up on that idea. Now I have a week off, and I'm working on a Meditation Walk.
Again, the previous owners had installed a gravel walk from the garage around to the rear patio, planting primarily pines, with a Japanese maple and a flowering dogwood as accents. Because of major construction last summer, the Meditation Walk had to be redone (see: http://www.tfrog93.com/garden/walk.htm , a page I just put up). To my mind, there was far too much pine back there, so I've decided to plant at least four rhododendrons along the walk, which I think will be a nice mix and a nice "feel".
Along the walk, amongst the pine needles and between the rhodos, I'd like to have a few sprays of color (perennials?). We have hostas all over the place, that can be transplanted here, but I'd like some more - and different - color, ideally from Spring through late Summer.
What kinds of plants can I put into this environment that will produce colorful blooms at different times of the season? Mostly shade, only partial sun in late morning, early afternoon. Again, my "focus" is on photography, over and above the natural visual beauty...
Thanks for your advice, all!