Hi, just joined this group and am excited to start learning. I live in the Charlotte area of NC and would say my gardening skills are mediocre at best. I built two raised beds around my house which I intend to fill with shrubs and perennials. I'm really not into annuals except in planters or baskets. They are beautiful but so much work to redo every year. I will be looking for suggestions and (gentle) critiques as this project progresses.