Keeping a garden presentable across all seasons of the year requires an eagle eye, and considerable commitment of time and energy.
There are many mounding plants, but they need to be interspersed in a garden with some vertical accents.
If you are designing a new garden, think about the following words: form, foliage, flowers, fruit, fragrance and focal points.
Part of my fascination with this iris is that the deer leave them alone.
...Realization dawned that I had, in my haste, picked up the wrong spray bottle!
In my zone 5 garden, Corydalis has self-sown in a rock wall and down cracks in the side of a set of cement stairs...
Never plant it where it borders a lawn; it will escape into the grass and be impossible to get rid of!
The process of spiraling is more obvious in some flowers than in others...
Mandevilla flowers are interesting to observe from varied perspectives.