Houzz is the new way to design your home.
golden locust tree
dwarf japanese cedar
panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight', zones 3 to 8) with frothy Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macro 'Aureola') to screen a fence and create a full border with lots of visual interest.
Use plants with variegated foliage. White variegated brunnera (Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost') is one of the very best perennials for brightening shade, and its tiny blue flowers are a joy.