Tiny back yard slowly thawing out
Here is a picture of the back yard looking across it the LONG way. You can see the entire depth of the yard in this photo. Hey, the front yard is much smaller...
And no, I didn't clean up properly in the fall.
I want to put a rhodo in that bed for some winter interest and of course, the spring flowers.
To the right of what you see in that picture is my longest bed which gets a bit more sun and therefore has only a little snow left on it. Here is a picture of it looking back in the opposite direction, again, along the long axis of the yard. There is a viburnum in there, but it is so small, you can hardly make it out in the picture. I will be adding a variegated weigela at the sunny end. Actually the sunny end switches with the seasons. The low angle of winter sun comes in under the limbed up pine and lights up the left end pretty well until late spring. By then the sun comes in higher and hits the right end, now shadowed by the privacy fence, leaving the left end in the shadow of the pine.
What kind of compact shrubs would YOU put in such an area, that would have three or four-season interest preferably, tolerate various amounts of shade, and not threaten to take over the little space I have? They would have to be hardy too, of course, but seeing as this is a very sheltered yard with decent snow cover, I could definitely push the zone envelope by one or two zones.