My yard is sunny in the front, and mostly shaded in the back. I have three large trees on my property - a maple in the front, and in the back and elm and something else that I don't know what is. I also have a Rottweiler, so my yard takes a lot of abuse from the dog running around in it.
1 of 21: This garden gets partial sun. We are growing a lilac, but until it gets large enough, this is also the herb garden.
2 of 21: This is the beginning of the shade garden for 2010. Eventually this garden will be a mix of Sweet Woodruff, Virginia Spiderwort, and Lily of the Valley with a Japanese Peony in the center.
3 of 21: Since I planted it last year, my Virginia Spiderwort has had a chance to get well-established. It is slowly mixing with the Sweet Woodruff planted next to it (it\'s left side, in this photo, though you can\'t see it).
5 of 21: My Japanese peony and one lily-of-the-valley plant in my back yard. This is actually my shade garden - it\'s getting it\'s afternoon dose of sunshine right now.
6 of 21: This little fairy cottage planter was a birthday gift purchased from Plow and Hearth. I filled it with pink/white bicolor dianthus, tall aster, duchess burgundy torenia, angel\'s tears (Helxine soleirolii), silver dust dusty miller, blue browallia, black dragon coleus, burgundy petunia, and white victoria salvia.
7 of 21: Another view of the fairy house about a month after it was planted and situated. The mushrooms are glass tops on ceramic stems.
8 of 21: Since I planted it, my fairy house has really settled itself and filled in. I\'m enjoying the whimsy of it.
9 of 21: A little bit of my front garden. Right now, this is the garden I\'m the happiest with. The larger bushes need trimmed, but the combination of shapes and colors is what I want in the rest of my gardens too.
16 of 21: My surprise snapdragon - I didn\'t plant it, but it is growing in my yard. I\'m so glad I didn\'t pull it up thinking it was a weed.
18 of 21: The newest addition to the garden - two Blue Star Flower willow varietals, two Flamingo Astilbe, and one Kerria.