I have a little flower garden in the front of my house. I lost a beautiful old maple tree a few years ago, and under that tree were the most wonderful shade loving flowers. When the tree died, I had to transplant the shade lovers and start over with sun loving plants. We did plant a new tree, not a maple, but a flowering one and there is no shade at all. Now the area is in the bright sun for most of the day. So I planted a few perennials and a lot of annuals. Next year there will be more perennials, but for now I'm enjoying the last bits of summer outside my kitchen window.