Answer: For a sunny area, you might grow perennials such as yarrow (Achillea), daylily (Hemerocallis), black eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida), border phlox, asters, and sedums. In a shady area, you might grow perennials such as hosta, pulmonaria, and ferns. These are usually set out as transplants.
For a sunny area you might grow annuals such as zinnia, marigold, and cleome. These are often started by planting seed in the garden or can be set out as transplants. For a shady area you might grow annuals such as begonias and impatiens. These are usually set out as transplants.
You might also want to take a look at a book or two about gardening. The Dummies series offers books on general gardening, how to do landscaping, and growing annual and perennial flowers for instance.
I hope this gives you some ideas. Enjoy your new garden!
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