Here we are just inside the gate. Then looking back toward it with a japanese maple (bloodgood I think, who knows), an isanti dogwood in front of the copper trellis, a variegated miscanthus behind, a fineline buckthorn, and a spiraea ogon which will be moved come spring. There's also a ninebark coppertina behind the hoses. Indeed, I'm going for a bushy look to propel a person forward (perhaps through a birth canal of foliage).
Along the back deck a line of butterfly bushes: nanho blue, white, royal red (thank goodness they aren't really blue and red or I'd be gaudily patriotic). Along the shorter side of the deck are amsoni hubrichtii blue star.