Liz and Karen, thank you for your kind comments.
I like a mixed garden, and I have been working on adding plants that will give blooms through spring, summer and fall to all of my beds
Peony plants are in all of my back beds. My oldest bed has peonies, roses, irises, daylilies, baptista, Shasta daises, spring blooming bulbs, and echinacea. There may be a few more plants that I'm not remembering.
I added 2 new beds for peonies in the spring of 2011, that have clematis climbing the fence, asiatic, LA, trumpet, oriental, and tiger lilies, and bearded irises within the bed, and I have the daylilies at the edge of the beds. Spring blooming bulbs are also planted there.
My newest bed, created last spring, has peonies, clematis, roses, echinacea, and spring blooming bulbs.
This year, I'm adding a lot of dahlias, which will give some blooms into the fall. I'm also looking at where plants can be moved, to give better color echoes, a concept discussed in a thread started by pirl (Arlene) last year.