This is just about the only time when the light is so harsh in my little back garden. As you can see from the shadows, I've got a wonderful patch of shade to play with. There are three large trees - an Eastern White Pine, an ancient Beech in my neighbour's yard that is wrapped in ivy and a poor old Ash tree that I fear will be nailed by the Emerald Ash Tree Borer, just as soon as they find it.
I have about a hundred different types of plants growing back here. When I designed the garden five years ago, I decided to choose plant material that had either flowers or leaves in combinations of white, yellow and blue - fortunately these are colours that are easy to find in plants that enjoy shade. Eventually I added more clematis in colours of purple and pink just because I love the way they look on the fence, and am always pleased to have more bloom to mix with all the lovely leafy shady plants.