We moved to Michigan in 1992 first living in a condo for six months before purchasing a home. When we did buy our place, the backyard was shady and I quickly fell in love with flowers that love the shade. We were there five years before my husband passed away. I found these pictures and thought you might like to see the fruits of my labor - it didn't seem like labor! This was taken from one end of the backyard to the other.
Looking in the other direction. These were taken rather early in the season.
About in the middle with the birdbath and some big pots of begonias and one of impatiens.
This is the same end as the first photo but much earlier. The ajuga is in bloom with it's lovely little blue spikes and the flowers in the barrel are still small.
And here is the other end of the bed at a much later date when all the begonias and impatiens are in full bloom. Can't have impatiens here since the deer love to munch on them! (The word "impatiens" doesn't look right but spell check doesn't highlight it!) I really missed having a big garden for a time, but that is no longer the case. I am so happy that I have been able to enjoy my gardens so much over the many years and to this day still enjoy being able to do my containers of flowers. A God given joy of life. (Click to enlarge)