How long have you been working on this garden? We've had the garden for about four years. When we moved into the house, there was nothing more than the forest and undergrowth. The first spring, we dug out a mound of stones, and started to plant the spring flowers in one corner of the flower bed and then continued to plant different kinds of plants as the season continued. The other big flower bed, next to the patio, is planted in the late summer, so that it blooms later in the season. But in the spring, it is filled with different kind of tulips, crocuses and alliums. And the last flower bed, which we made in the fall of 2010, is a mixture of different plants from existing flower beds, but is more symmetrical. There, the color palette is white, burgundy, and blue-purple.