The biggest challenge are the terraced beds on the north side of the house. They receive morning sun, but are in shade most of the day. I would like to try planting ferns, hostas and some flowering annuals in the most shady parts. The lowest bed gets the most sun, and I plan to plant some sun-loving flowering plants (salvia, lantana, etc.) around a low birdbath. I also need to identify some good ground covers for this bed, as it's quite large. Another idea is to put up some trellises along the south edge of the lowest bed, which abuts the patio. That would provide a place for climbing plans as well as some privacy.
We moved to Fort Collins, CO from Texas six months ago. I have been taking a wait-and-see approach to the garden. We have terraced beds on the north side of the house that will be a challenge, as half of the beds are in shade most or all of the day. I'm hoping to identify native plants that will do well there. One of the beds gets a lot of morning (and some afternoon) sun, and I plan to put a birdbath there with a solar fountain, surrounded by flowering plants to attached butterflies and (I hope) hummers. I look forward to the challenge!