We built our new house in the woods right next to our old one. There was lots and lots of shade from all the oak trees. So I had to convert from a "sunny gardener" to a "shady" one with lots of hostas and woodland wildflowers. But there was one special place right next to our front porch. I call it our "sunny spot." From that vantage point we read the evening paper, watch the goats across the road and take life easy. (Click on pics for a closeup view)
A tiny pond with some floating water plants keep the goldfish happy. Some yellow Iris, and a few dianthus cheer things up. Later the lilies will put on there show. I somehow manage to propagate lots of amaryllis so they come outside to get their share of the sun.
Facing east we get the morning sun and a shaded late afternoon.
In spring the hanging plants are just getting started.
Also the cacti need lots of sun.
It was a long winter and cold spring this year so the "sunny spot" was finally much appreciated.