I love the elegant horizontal form of this tree Cornus controversa 'Variegata', seen here from the front door in the late afternoon sunlight today.
I'm taking a chance I know. You don't see many around here and I suspect there might be a reason for that....I once designed a whole garden around an existing tree which very soon after died. I won't say the design fell apart, but it took a lot of repositioning and adjusting to create a satisfactory design after that.
The white daffodils are Thalia and I'm making a note to myself to order 50 more to fill the rest of this bed for next spring.
I've also ordered 50 white foxgloves to plant under the 10 white-bark birch we planted 2 years ago which will gradually change the character of the garden from a predominantly flower garden to a woodland garden.
I'm working towards low(er) maintenance, but with a WOW factor!