I love the colour of these bogonias with our gray porch!
Here were the gaps we were looking at before:
And now filled in a little bit:
Those little sprouts will eventually bloom with orange flowers...and they're perennials! Which means if they live, they'll come back year after year. I hope they will fill out in a couple of years. The giant bush in the middle of this photo is lavender. If you have full sun, dry soil, get some lavender! It smells amazing and it really took off again this year (it's a perennial too).
In the front bed we put two little plants that should bloom with yellow flowers.
I'm happy with how it's filling out...it's true what they say about gardening - you have to do it bit by bit. Plant some stuff, see what lives, what dies, what takes over, and what maintains its shape / size before adding too many other things. It doesn't look like much yet, but I'm hoping in another month or so we will have some great blooms to show for it!