Meet our backyard.
Sometime last summer I put in a little gardenia plant that a friend gave me. It was pitiful with dried, yellow leaves, but it's recovered nicely. That's it, in the front right of the photo below. Very little shrub, but one must start somewhere, right?
Then, there is this poor thing, a euonymous. Can you see it? Its sun was blocked by those same canna lilies, and it nearly died. I'm hoping it will rejuvenate this summer, grow and spread out.
I brought only one little plant, in a pot, from our last house -- a rosemary. It was nearly dead then.
But my rosemary is alive!