This is the garden  immediatley after planting on May 27, 2014. The two dwarf pines and the birch tree had been planted the previous fall. Clockwise from the big rock: Pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea), Anemone canadensis, Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis), Aquilegia canadensis,  Wild geranium (geranium maculatum). Unfortunately, most of these flowers are early bloomers, so for the summer months there's not much colour. Aquilegia canadensis - Wild Columbine    The Aquiligia shorly after planting Geranium maculatum - Wild Geranium    The Wild geranium shortly after planting. The mulch is down and Wendy is already weeding. The Anemone was perfectly lovely for the first year and a half, before it became a pest and took over  the garden. Whatever the conditions of the wildflowers, the rocks and pines and birch tree remain steadfastly lovely, especially in early or late light.
A good view of the garden looking towards the house (vintage 1941). The overgrown foundation planting is slated to go in 2017 to be replaced by more native plants and shrubs and perhaps a waterfall and stream. Notice the extent of the full shade on this north side of the house at mid day. Anaphalis margaritacea - Pearly Everlasting    By July 20 the Pearly everlasting was starting to bloom. It was good for a couple of years but then quit, perhaps choked out by the Anemone lurking behind it. November 13, 2014: everything is still healthy but the leaves are turning colour. Pearly everlasting flowers have lasted till now. Year two for this planting (this is May 30, 2015) was the best by far. You can see that the Anemone has vastly extended its range, the Pearly everlasting, Aquiligia and Geranium are all nice and bushy. Second year Aquilegia on May 30 flowering profusely and almost three feet tall. Delicate Aquilegia flower
Winter interest of this garden is the best. I'm always loathe to shovel sidewalk snow onto it. Year three - May 21, 2016: a good spring before a disastrously hot and dry summer. The Anemone and Geranium are thriving - the Pearly everlasting and Aquilegia on either side of the Anemone, not so much. I think, next year, the Anemone has to go.