My neighbor and I both love blooming plants, so we decided to turn most of our joined side yards into a flower bed. The one we have just planted is roughly 12 X 26. We have 2 coral honeysuckle, Vitex (Texas lilac), Blue Butterfly Pea Vine, Clerodemdrum Butterfly Blue, Esperanza, Pink/yellow lantana, Red/yellow lantana, Pink Autumn Sage, Autumn Joy Sedum, a light pink French rose that smells great, Purple Coneflower, Shasta Daisies, Rudebecia, Zepherin Douchin rose, and Golden Showers rose. My DH built the trellises and put in 4 rain barrels just behind the fence for us (thus the faucet coming through the fence). He is also looking forward to less grass to water and mow!! I have a feeling this bed will expand soon. New side yard bed is #1, Blue Butterfly Pea Vine is #2, Clerodemdrum Butterfly Blue is #3, the French rose is #4, and another bed that we just planted by the sidewalk is #5. I can't wait until spring!!
Our gardening goals and techniques are very similar, so there won't be maintenance problems. She is the rose expert, so those are her responsibility. I will take care of the rest. We both operate under the motto of "stay outside in the garden as much as possible!!!