Nothing would grow in this heavily shaded backyard garden, and the client loves gardening with edibles and natives! Stormwater was washing the topsoil away and invasives like magnolia saplings were shading out everything. We added beautiful boulder groups and river rock to slow and percolate surface water; logs and mulch to help restore soil. Native shrub and perennial plantings are ongoing: maple-leaf viburnum, hearts-a-bustin partridgeberry, phlox, maidenhair fern, cardinal flower, mountain mint, and more. A permeable stone patio was added under the deck and to hide drainage. Foundation plantings on the sunny side of the house were replaced with blueberries, strawberries, veggies and herbs.