Look how many flowerbuds you can spot below.
We're fortunate enough to have a sizable portion of our garden under a canopy of indigenous trees that long preceded us -- firs, a yew, maple, alder. While we've cut back and dug out some of the snowberry and ocean spray, we still have to arm-wrestle native ferns, salal, and Oregon grape for spots to tuck in shade plants, but it's a challenge I enjoy. This twinleaf has nestled in quite happily, surrounded by anemone, as you can see.
And speaking of lush leaves, look at the stunning, intricate pleating of this Veratrum nigrum.I bought it a few years ago because I couldn't resist these leaves -- after the next week or two, I know from previous seasons that I find it a bit disappointing -- this cluster of leaves comes out of the ground on a single stalk and ends up looking a bit spindly -- hostas have much more fullness. Still, for now, it's a dressmaker's inspiration with pleats worthy of Issey Miyake. Another shade plant.
Finally, these might not photograph like much, but I'm always excited to see the Solomon's seal (polygonatum) poking up. They seem to grow inches daily and within the next week or so, they'll begin arcing a snakelike head into place, from which will thrust wonderful clusters of bell-like fragrant flowers. Mom and Dad brought these over for me years ago when I first began the little bed that I love back around our guest cottage. Hard to believe that was over ten years ago.