Early 2009 this shaded area beside the house was crying out for more than a bare place where nothing but a few weeds and leaves from the trees covered the ground.
I didn't really have a definite plan, rather the garden evolved as I placed rocks to build small beds.
It was a little like doing a jigsaw puzzle. I just placed the rocks where I thought they fit, and voila! a garden was born.
2011 and here is what the beds are looking like so far. I will be adding more plants as I can afford to. I have ferns, hellebore, primroses, wild strawberry plants as a ground cover, and a few other plants I can't remember the names of right now.
This past week I have started spreading bark mulch on the path, still have more to do on this project.