My (very tiny, town-home sized) backyard is almost a blank canvas, and I would like to add some greenery and perhaps colour this year. After reading through these forums and several magazines, I would like to try to use native plants as much as possible, and to avoid plants that may be troublesome to me or my neighbours in the future. I have done some research and have a few ideas, but would love to hear from anyone who has comments about any of these plants, or who may have a suggestion for other plants to fit my space - I'm really not sure what is out there, and what may be available in my area (I don't know if I can even purchase my thoughts below anywhere). One consideration is that I would like to have a reasonably low-maintenance yard, as we often go out of town for a week or so at a time in the summer. My yard is about 20' x 9'. I live in Richmond, BC (near Vancouver), which I think is in Zone 7b (but I may have read the chart incorrectly). There is a shallow layer of reasonable soil over clay. Drainage is fairly good. One 20' side backs onto my patio; opposite is a row of cedar hedges that have had the lower limbs trimmed to about 4.5'. The first area I want to plant is the area under the hedge. The trees are not dense, so it is shady, but not too dark. I am currently thinking of two rows of plantings, Salal - Gaultheria shallon along the fence, and Bunchberry - Cornus canadensis in front, spilling onto the grass. Along one of the sides (part shade, due to a fence), I was thinking of putting in either Red Huckleberry - Vaccinium parvifolium (preferred) or Evergreen huckleberry - Vaccinium ovatum, but I am wondering if any of these berry-producing plants (all four, so far) could become problematic due to animals spreading seeds. On the other side (full sun), I would like something colourful, but that would look good for the full season (or a combination that fulfills that). The only thing I have seen so far is Harebell - campanula rotundifolia, but it seemed like it might be more of a BC interior plant? Alternatively, I could put another huckleberry, or I may just use some sweet peas or something similar. I'd appreciate any feedback or advice - I'm fairly new at this, but I tried to do my research before bothering everyone! Thanks!