We spend another day planting today and are finally close to getting all the plants we bought this spring in the ground. Another few ferns and a huckleberry and we will be done. We are trying to find a balance between the natural forest and the urban yard. Up by the house it is more urban traditional, hydrangeas and rhododendrons.
Farther out we want to add some new plants but avoid looking too manicured. So, a couple of maples, some hostas that will get to 6 feet wide, and ostrich ferns. They are large enough to be seen but positioned somewhat randomly.
We are also trying an experiment. We are using an decomposing, ancient cedar stump as a bed for a red huckleberry. This is a natural location for huckleberries, they often root in old stumps in nature.