We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Nice. Beautiful color. Must admit I am not a great gardener and I do know quite a few great gardeners who frown down so I hired an English gardener once to do a front garden. He came over while I was planting a forsythia towards the back part of the property and after observing remarked, "Why bother?". When I said, "Whadaya mean?", he said that as landscaping is a fair bit of work he liked to use plants that look good at least three out of the four seasons. Makes sense. The forsythia only looks good for a few short weeks in the spring and he planted a nice garden.
Here is a list of some of the plants he used.
Magic carpet spirea
weeping red Japanese maple
Heath (not heather)
virginia creeper - on a rock wall- (a dwarf variety, IIRC)
campanula (the tall one, 2'-3')
silver lace vine