These first photos are taken of what I like to call "Pavlick's Park". This was all wooded and brush when we moved in 6 years ago and we enjoyed turning it into a more relazing, manicured area where we can have picnics and little campfires to make smore's when the grandkids are here. Besides the perannials of Hosta, Flocks, Foam Flower & Bleeding Heart ... I plant impatients to add a little more color and by the end of summer there is just a blanket of pinks & white among the greens ... absolutely beautiful and satisfying when I look out across the back yard!! In the heat of summer, this area is at least 10 degrees cooler than sitting on the deck. It fun to watch the birds, squirrels, bunnies and other little critters play in this area from my kitchen window!! (You can click on any photo for a larger look).
Here is a little better view of my planter boxes & deck area. I guess it would have been nice if I had at least put out the cushions and put up the umbrella! Sorry!!