Experts and BHG readers answer.
What to plant?
The afternoon sun tends to be the hottest sun of the day, so because your yard gets full sun from about noon on, consider it full sun. Our BHG.com website has a Plant Encyclopedia where you can enter your zip code to find your hardiness zone (it looks like you are zone 5b) and then view plant photos and descriptions that will work for your garden. You can click on annuals, perennials, vines, shrubs, or trees and even limit your search based on size, bloom time, or color. It sounds like your yard gets pretty dry, but you'll have to find a way to water your new plants (perennials, shrubs, trees, vines) about once a week for the first season so that they can establish their root systems in the new environment. After the first year in the ground, most will survive on rainfall alone unless your area has a prolonged dry spell or drought. Please submit another question if you have any questions about the plants you see on our Plant Finder.