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Even if people on here suggest plants it really depends on what the plant nursery near you has since you will be buying all the plants yourself. I would suggest visiting a local nursery and seeing their selection. You have ideabooks of plants so print and take the pictures to the nursery and they can help. They often have a landscape designer there that will give you ideas.

I've been commenting on houzz for a year now and very few people give plant suggestions and the plant suggestions that I see people give are oft wrong for the climate. So it's best to try a local nursery or hire a designer close to your locale.

The reason I'm saying this is because you said you are in zone 5b which gets snow and is a cold wet zone but the picture of your site looks like a warm southern state and your pinned ideabook ideas are warmer 7-9 zone. It's impossible to tell which zone you are in.
July 17, 2014 at 12:20pm     
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Thank you. I am sorry if I wasn't clear. I do live in a 5b zone. We get cold, often wet winters and our summers are HOT! Today is almost 104-degrees. All of the areas I have for planting are extremely exposed to the elements. It can also get very windy at night.
The photos in my idea books are not necessarily ones I have collected to put in my garden, some are just ideas on how to work with height, color and textures.
Thank you for the advice on visiting my local nursery as well as incorporating grasses. I love the way grasses move in The wind and the texture they can bring. I have a lot to learn with this clayey soil and the harsh elements of utah weather!
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shellabella added 1 photo to ideabook: office
   Comment   July 16, 2014
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I just built a home and had no clue what color to use on walls. I wanted it neutral so I could bring out colors with accents like pillows, rugs etc.... I used sherwin Williams silver lining. Although it looked a little purple at different times if day, once I started bringing accents in, it was a very neutral color. I'm happy with it. Goes with everything.
July 3, 2014 at 8:17am     
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You have to paint several white poster boards and place them around the room. Remove the blue painter's tape from the edges and use it double faced behind the samples so that its color doesn't throw you off. Next, look at your samples at different times of the day and at night to get a feel for it. Ask your self if it's the right value (is it too light or dark?) and try to imagine yourself enveloped in the color when all the walls are painted. It will darken the room from what it is now. Is that okay? Do you like the warm tone with your warm floor.? Would you prefer something more neutral or cool in color?
July 4, 2014 at 2:16pm   
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Thanks. I will paint more poster boards and look at it during different time of the day.
July 4, 2014 at 2:25pm   
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