So you want help?
Currently there are discussions here on how this forum functions. What follows are my own ideas on the subject. This forum doesn't work like most help forums. Never has and never will.
Now there are those who come here with a simple question such as whether a certain plant is adaptable to a location. Someone might know the answer and give it. Even better help might be had from one of the plant specific forums. I'm not talking about help of this type, I speak of those who are about to embark on a project that for the poster will be a significant expense and a major redo of a part of their property. Those people almost never receive any real help here. Why?
First, there are a significant number of people who post their questions and then vanish, never to be seen again. I call them "hit and run posters".
Second are those who come here with their mind already made up about what they will do. They're only looking for an endorsement of their plan. All the good advice in the world wont change what they do. You can't help these people.
Now there are a few who come here with an open mind truly seeking help. They don't get any real help either, but the reason is a bit more complicated.
For what follows keep one simple truth in mind; unlike many of the things you buy that can be returned to the store, a landscape is an absolute non-returnable item. What you buy is what you get.
Please follow my analogy. Suppose your goal is to buy a dress for your wife. You ask a group of very knowledgeable people to go to the non-returnable store to make the selection. All the dresses are looked at and there is much discussion on dress features, style, and intended use. Using the excellent advice, you make a selection and take it home. Woops! Wrong dress size. You made a totally useless purchase. That's what happens here; posters fail to adequately define their terrain. A few photos don't get the job done. The landscape suggestions may be good ones, but the chance it will fit your particular terrain is slim and none.
So I caution you, while it may look otherwise, until you give us the correct "dress size", all of the advice is nothing more than what might work somewhere, not what will work for your property.
For these reasons, and after spending years on this forum, I think I can count on one hand those people who have received real help with their particular landscape. Those that did started at the beginning of the design process. Few posters are willing to devote the time and effort needed.
I want to return to the dress analogy. If you are going to design a dress, it's a lot easier to do if it will be worn by a model rather than the first person to walk through the door. You can sometimes hang rags on a 22 year old professional model and it will look good. And you can overlay all kinds of landscaping over the perfect terrain and get something that looks good. But you can't modify the terrain after doing the landscaping. For that reason, landscaping should always start with an assessment of the terrain.
What I'm saying is that there is help available here on this forum, but the poster has to be willing to do their part of the work to get it. I hope those seeking help can see that those knowledgeable people that hang out here sometimes get a bit frustrated trying to help when posters are so willing to run off and start planting from advice based on nothing more than a couple of photos. For myself, I seldom try anymore.