Map says 5a, but I think we are more like 4b.
I've seen this extraordinarily executed. I am quite afraid I might extraordinarily fail, and primarily because I just do not have a frame of reference or clear understanding of plant placement. They like to show you a couple of photos, and go, okay got it now? I've read so many articles that really don't say anything except the same few things, primary among them, that the wild untamed look is actually quite planned.
I'm gonna do this in phases.
In this picture you can see the side yard i want to use. We can only go up to about the weird little ditch in the lawn. This side yard is about 30x50. The yellow is where I want to put the path. Everything else to be flowers, maybe some veggies. This is facing west. The lawn along the trees gets the most sun.
Next year, I'll go across that walk into the mulched area for sahde up to the main vegetable gardens which I will clear the mulch behind the tables area to install raised beds. I plan to do this this year as well.