I began by putting in Asperagus Ferns thinking I'd probably have to replant them each year, but they have been a wonder. They're not truly a fern and originally from South Africa, in some locations it's been declared a weed, but I love them. Delicate and lacy they've come through each winter, though this year they definitely got burned by the frost and I had to do some judicious pruning.
Each year I plant Coleus, Dusty Millers and Jacob's Coats in the bed. This year I'll add some begonias. When the winter is mild, as it should be, they all come back. This year I fear none of them will be back and I'll need to replant, time will tell. There's also a Honeysuckle in this bed, but it hangs over the garden fence and mainly blooms on the other side. I've got Gladiola bulbs along the sunnier ends and put Pansies there in the winter. The Mimosa tree overhangs this bed and though it blocks most of the sun its flowers are so pretty that I forgive it. It is the last tree to leafout in the spring and the last to lose its leaves in the fall.
The bed around the corner is my main rose bed and I started cleaning it today. Last year at this time the Wisteria along the top of the fence had already started blooming, but not this year.
Mac is putting in a new raised bed in the garden proper. Right now there are Day Lilies, Ginger Lilies and Freesias there. Hopefully it won't be so damp there now and I'll try some other plants in there.
In the small bed next to the driveway my Daffodils and Hyacinths have started blooming, finally!
It feels so good to have my fingers in the soil again!