So many plants in this photo! Barberry, Veronica, lots of Coneflower which seeds itself freely in my gardens, southernwood, coreopsis, oregano, iris, dying daffodil leaves, and lots of other stuff. This is under one of the maples and honestly I did not think much would survive here. But the plants that like dry conditions are thriving and I am learning to let them do what they do naturally, and work with the results.
Derek put this chair frame out for the trash, but wasn't surprised when it resurfaced in my garden. I need to add some alyssum to the geranium in the pot; it was one that over-wintered in the root cellar. The rose came from an old Virginia farm where my brother Tom lived for a while. I don't know the variety, and it was put here "temporarily" about 25 years ago until I could find a better place. Guess this is the better place.
The roses along the walk to the porch share space with lamb's ears. Lots of weeds in this picture! But they're gone now (smile). There's a #%*! maple tree in this bed that is so intertwined with the roses I can't dig it out. So every year I just break back the branches. Haven't done it yet this year. The two water maples we have in the yard are wonderful shade trees but seed themselves prolifically in our gardens, and there are several seedlings that we have not been able to get rid of because of where they grew. Even so, I love my shady maples.