We bought ten small perennials- a bargain at the market for $19! Those big garden centers sell you bigger plants for $6, $7+, but it doesn't really matter since perennials can grow quite a bit if you're patient enough!
Here's a list of what we got: two delphiniums, poppy, sedum, columbine, lupine, balloon flower, astilbe, coral bells, and hollyhock. Whew, I remembered it all!
Anyways, we weeded the garden bed and tilled it with a bag of perlite to loosen up the hard soil. I planted everything and put a bag of cypress mulch around it all to hopefully keep out the weeds. I put the plants that should be the tallest in the middle and the others around the edges and corners.
I love how it turned out and it got me really excited to continue working on the yard this summer and for many to come!