My gardening photos are appropriately lame for this forum. I must say I think my yard looks pretty nice right now, but you can't tell from the pictures. Recent rains have kept everything green and it hasn't gotten hot enough yet to scorch the leaves of my plants.
I have planted some Marigolds and Lobelia in front of these evergreen bushes. The summer I moved here, I was surprised to see purple creeping phlox show up. I was not a fan of the creepers and I spend many hours eradicating that stuff. The sun beats down on this area, so I will have to keep these guys watered pretty well. I hope the mulch will help keep them moist.
I also have some other bushes on the east side of my house and on my front porch, but I think this is enough plants for now. I'll post an update later in the summer to show you my progress (or failure)!