Hi Everyone! This is my first post about my first garden experience in my first home! Whew, that's a lot of firsts! My husband and I purchased our first townhouse this past May and we've been busy taking care of the insides that we have just begun to think of the outsides. My step-mom "Lily" suggested I join this forum to get some ideas and advice. Here are a few "before" and "after" pictures of what my husband and I managed to do in one hour. We're planning on sifting out some of the rocks that are still in the bed and covering it for the winter to try to kill off the weeds and such. Our plan is to begin planting next Spring. We're in the Greater Vancouver area and this is an East facing bed so it gets direct morning sun. My first thoughts of what to plant here was sun flowers. The kitchen looks over this area from the second floor and I thought it would be nice to see those giant flowers while making breakfast in the morning. I'm also a fan of hollyhocks, snap-dragons, peonies, sweet peas, daisies... I could go on and on. I'm hoping to achieve a really informal, almost cottage-like bed that will require minimal care. I would like it to be full and lush looking. Am I asking for too much or do you think I can pull this off? Any suggestions to specific types of flowers that would be easy to care for and work in an informal setting? Thanks for your thoughts! And let me know if you need any more information before you can make any suggestions.