This is what our foundation planting looks like at the back of the house.
Sage is nestled in the corner that the steps make with the porch. You may recall that it has been there for probably 10 years. At the very right-hand edge of the sage is a volunteer tree - some kind of ash, I think; but, if the girls don't want it when they get their house built, that tree will come out.
The feathery stuff to the right of the porch is volunteer dill. Under the dill (can't be seen in the photo) is a red azalea. It gets plenty of water because that is where I empty the birdbath that is on the porch before re-filling with fresh water.
In front of and to the right of the dill (reddish bushes) are three Coppertina ninebarks. In front of the ninebarks are some airplane plants (Chlorophytum comosum) that will be re-potted to spend another winter in the dining room. Somewhere behind/around the ninebarks are some wide-leaved houseplants (nephthytis). There are asparagus plants at the foundation behind the farthest right-hand of the three Coppertinas.
The little "tree" under the fireplace exhaust outlet is a clump of redbuds that I've intentionally kept short to see if the girls will want it. If not, it will come out. In front of the redbud clump, and to the right are three spirea bushes - the larger two are one kind, the smaller one is different. I don't know which is/are Magic Carpet and which is/are Double Play Big Bang.
To the right of the spirea is a red maple tree - came free with catalpa twigs that I ordered and is being saved for the girls.
To the right of the maple are more ninebarks - Little Devil (Physocarpus opulifolius 'Donna May'). The green arc is another red bud that is destined to leave or die (no pun intended).
The far right variegated bush is an Ivory Halo Dogwood (Cornus alba 'Bailhalo'). It is at the corner of the house where the pinons were before I had to have them taken out.
Previously, the area had been a garden patch. At its best, this is what a portion of it looked like (below).
Finally, this (below) is the overview of the area as it appeared in October 2006 before the pinons and had grown very much. I see that it also pre-dates the sage, so the sage is not 10 years old!