left image: Red Mill aka Pieris Japonica, Pink Delight Butterfly bush aka Buddleia davidii, hosta plants, Wild Ginger aka Asarum canadense
right image: my great-grandmother's rhubarb aka Rheum rhabarbarum and our cat Clementine (lynx point siamese)
I layer newspaper to retard weed growth and mulch to retain moisture.
We have no grass as it requires maintenance. We do very little weeding ad watering.