As much as I love making a “best of “ list, I’m more the type who likes to pick the winners. Sadly, no one has actually asked me to judge anything lately, but I won’t let a little detail like that stop me. The removal of a tree from my back yard led me to re-design some of my garden beds this past spring. Despite the fact I make my living planning gardens in advance, I’m not above an impulse purchase or two when something flashy catches my eye. Accordingly, please join me for Susan’s first annual Best of the Back Yard 2011 list.