If you are a novice gardener who have just started out or are planning to start out, here is some piece of advice on what flowers could you choose for your start up and the combinations that would really look good.
I would say there are many and my research clearly reveals that you are not short of choices here. for instance, you can choose from flowers like Honeysuckle, hostas, lavender, azaelea bushes, hydrangias, burning bushes, elephant ears etc, simply because these flowers involve light maintenence and will bloom again in spring. Similarly you could also opt for Rhododendrons or black eyed susans which are good, beautiful and easy to take care of. Trying some herbs is also a good idea.
If colors fascinate you, you can also try Day Lilies which come in a number of colors. Most of the maintenence tips for these flowers can be gotten by where you would buy saplings or seeds.
Daisy's, black eyed Susan's, Karl foerester grass, Stargazer Lilies, autumn joy sedum thrive well in sunny areas. As for me, Stargazers are my all time favorites.
Another great flower to plant will be 4 O clocks. They bloom everyday at 4 PM and therefore the name.