Suggestions Wanted

Suggestions Wanted

I bought my first house a couple years ago and last year was the first time I bothered with the landscaping. Now I have a few established perennials, but I am not really sure how to fill things in. Last year I added a few annuals, but everything looked really sparse. Under the cut I have pictures of the areas I'm having trouble with, along with my questions. Please help! I should add that the area is covered by a huge maple tree and doesn't get a lot of light. The first flowerbed. A couple more perennials have emerged since I took this. I planted everything back a bit because I had planned to do a strip of something along the front, but what I tried last year never came up. I think it would be fun to have something along there that would spill over the edge of the railroad ties. I would also like a few taller things for the back. Plus some smaller things to fill in the gaps. I want to till up the grass (there's not much of it) along the fence and put in a garden. With the runoff from the neighbors yard, it hasn't taken grass very well in the two times I tried to plant it. The corner by the garages is a big muddy mess. I am thinking of putting in a compost pile between the garages, so maybe I will add steps. I would like to plant something along the fence that will climb. There are already a row of daylilies that I might spread out. To the right of the last photo. I also want to till up the top of this hill and put in a garden. I think it would be a good area for bushes, but need to find something pretty that does okay in the shade. I would have loved lilacs or peonies along there. Stupid shade. Thank you for your help!
Paperwhites

Paperwhites

Golden Acre Park, Leeds, UK

Golden Acre Park, Leeds, UK

just thought i might share ..

just thought i might share ..

Plant Identification

Plant Identification

What a night!

What a night!

bell peppers in containers?

bell peppers in containers?