Above: The back Shade Garden, viewed from the lawn, is a study in textures with bergenia providing the glossy, paddle-shaped leaves, a 'Sun Power' hosta for a splash of yellow pointier leaves, and several ornamental grasses providing different fine textures - calamagrostis (feather reed grass) 'Karl Foerster' is the green, tall straight one on the left, festuca glauca is the small, cushiony blue one on the bottom right, and deschampsia cespitosa (tufted hair grass) 'Goldstaub' is the feathery one reaching over the retaining wall. They all get backlit in the low, evening light and look gorgeous.
Above: This is the part of the back Shade Garden which is closer to the garage, viewed from the back steps - it is much (much!) shadier and drier. But right now, heuchera, columbine, forget-me-nots and goat's beard are blooming: