The wonderful thing about participating in Aisling's Sunday Stroll, though, is the way it forces me to look at smaller views, and take pleasure in the somewhat quieter things I can see on that scale. For instance, in my own yard I have a little serviceberry tree. I love this small, multi-stemmed understory tree. In the spring it has white flowers, blooming quite early. Then it has small, purple, edible fruits in June, which are quickly raided by the birds. In fall it turns a wonderful lemon yellow.
I've posted about the oak leaf hydrangeas before. They are another plant that gives you something interesting every season. They even have a birch-like peeling bark that is interesting in the winter. Right now they are turning a mahogany brown.
This rock-spray catoneaster was sown by the birds, I think, right along our fence, and I left it to become part of the "woodsy" section of our yard. Structurally, it's pretty interesting, "splashing" every which-way, it's branches lined with small, shiny, deep green leaves, and, in summer and fall, red berries. It's starting to turn Illini orange, so you know it was meant to be in our yard!
Near it, there is still some lamium (dead-nettle) blooming. This foliage will soon turn a deep purple, but for now it acts like it's April.
Finally, the smallest plant of all in my yard is this moss. Some people really don't like to have moss in their lawn, but I think it's beautiful, and naturally belongs in that wet and shady area. I love the bright chartreuse color and soft velvety texture against the the dark green spiky grass.