Each of these three borders will thrive in full sun (only the abutilon and hydrangea require afternoon shade).
Border 1: cool perennials
A new twist on the pink theme, a border that pairs pink-flowered plants with subtle splashes of gray, green, and maroon foliage is more sophisticated than sweet.
This triangular planting (12 feet long at the front) is a lively focal point of a backyard garden in San Francisco; it was designed for viewing from picture windows at the back of the house as well as from a raised deck at the rear of the garden.
Bark mulch covers the soil between plants; Trex benderboard finishes the front edge.