The top photo looks west from our corner. Notice the morning glories climbing the stop sign (another reason I don't take long shots of this area). My husband takes responsibility for the "corner" garden and he has done a wonderful job with it this year. It has been beautiful through every season. Below is a picture of what this area looked like before (2003).
The following two views look down the same strip, only from the other direction, looking east. I love the way the early morning light comes through the Russian Sage. In the foreground I have some ornamental grasses and a culinary sage, which then leads into my new sedum garden. Since it borders the alley I decided to plant shorter perennials to allow for better visibility.
And here is what it looks like now. The foreground area is shaded by a large tree. For the last couple of years I had horrible neighbors on this end and I pretty much lost interest in working down here. That has now changed (thank goodness) and I will be doing some new planting here. I have several Heucheras planted in the middle of this strip and they are doing so well, and look so nice that I am adding more.
Here is the corner looking south toward the Heuchera bed. The berm in the turf area was our first gardening project when we moved here ten years ago.
And here is my favorite tree and one of the reasons we bought this house. It is a huge Honey Locust and dominates the entire block. When this area was developed every house received at least one Norway Maple. Ours is in our back yard and gives us wonderful shade all summer. When you look down the block you can see a whole row of them. Their leaves are such a lovely dark green.