The second photo is of a side garden between our front walk/porch area and the driveway/garage area. I struggled with this bed for several years with what to plant here, but last spring it came together. Prior to that it was one of the areas the skunks repeatedly excavated to make their spring nest. Stinky little buggers! Let me tell you. A few years ago we had one under the porch on the other side and had to hire a professional to come in and trap the skunk. It sprayed numerous times and really made the house foul. Several days we all left the house in the morning for our day smelling of skunks.
In this small bed I have some nice little plants. We will see what they do this year, because last year was the establishment year.
So going into the perennial shade garden this weekend is an ornamental garlic-Garlic 'Society', dwarf red columbine, a sunset foxglove, sweet woodruff (used to have one, but it passed on), a boulder blue fescue, and an aconitum. This will give a good start to some more color variation. I will add more later.