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!
Another batch of mysteries

Another batch of mysteries

State of the Garden, Month of April, 2010

State of the Garden, Month of April, 2010

Garden pictures, a question and a proposal

Garden pictures, a question and a proposal

My first seedlings!

My first seedlings!

we have a lot of toys

we have a lot of toys

Too Much Light!

Too Much Light!