We have a lot of hakonechloa and I am always glad to see it reappear. It's just the best plant and if you don't have some, get some. I like its punk hairdo look when it first comes up.
I have a little garden on each side of the front walkway. It's my favorite place to putter. It's small enough to change plants often.
This is cameo quince. I got it about ten years ago and didn't have a home for it. I put it under the viburnum (in the pot it came in). Now it has grown through the pot and over the sides. I guess it IS home.... It has such beautiful flowers.
These are california lilac buds. I think it is Ceonothus Dark Star This plant blooms a long time. In my tiny garden, I need plants that look good a long time. I don't have room for plants that sulk or bloom in a flash. This climate has so many choices.