I cleaned out my perennial bed, cut down last years dead growth (I know I should have done it in the fall, but I’m an asshole), removed mom’s garden decorations (I hate them), spread a thin layer of garden soil (with fert), applied preen and mulched. It was much easier than I thought and I am happy with what I have growing so far. I don’t have a chart (which is weird for me) so I am uncertain where some things are but I’ll figure it out soon enough.
Update: My hellorborus had a lot of growth but it looked terrible and never yielded a flower. I am not sure if it is last years or not. I cut it down because it looks like there is new growth trying to come up. I am concerned because it is late for this one. My twilight prairie blues has new growth (very small). Columbine has growth. Phlox looks awesome but I am concerned it will not get enough sun where it is - I might transplant in the fall. Catmint looks awesome. My shasta daisies are coming up too. It looks like my ferns have a little growth.
Right now the bed has a lot of space but I will wait until the fall to see if I need to plant more. Things could grow or spread and then I will have an overcrowded mess. So far I am impressed with my first perennial garden. I even want to plant some perennials in the front around my shrubs.