I've largely ignored the front yard this year, in favor of focusing on the back and side. There are still a lot of good qualities to it but I'm trying to figure out a general design for it instead of just little beds here and there.
|Russian sage and the ubiquitous Black-eyed Susan|
|Gaillardia - I don't remember the exact cultivar.|
|Sedum 'Autumn Joy'|
|Euphorbia polychroma 'Bonfire'|
|Polygonum aubertii - Silver Lace Vine|
|Black-eyed Susan and Coreopsis 'Mercury Rising'|
|Wide view of part of the front yard|
What a difference a year makes! I only dug out the side yard last year and at that time had planted tiny perennial plugs along with some divided plants (like the hibiscus). This year it's been a riot of nonstop color. Even my husband, who has appreciated the gardens but never shown much interest in them, can't stop exclaiming every single day, "I can't believe how great the yard looks! It's never looked like this! There's so much color! You think you're done looking at it all and then bam - there's something else to look at!" Thanks, J. Glad to know my hard work is appreciated.
|We've called a truce.|
The hibiscus show has slowed to about one flower a day, but it's still glorious.
|Wide view - looking from the back yard to the front|
I'm making progress on digging out the sod, though I still have a way to go. This was all grass last year. The light yellow flowers are Coreopsis 'Moonbeam' and have been in bloom for about two months. Why have I never planted coreopsis before?
I think most of the pictures from this month's GBBD will look almost identical to July's. I usually see the end of summer as a time when the garden starts looking worn down, but clearly my plants are happy and still going, and going, and going...
|Echinacea 'White Swan' and Black-eyed Susan|
|Wide view - standing close to the house and looking back|
|Wide view - from the back looking toward the house|
Thanks for checking out my August pictures and thanks to May Dreams for hosting another Bloom Day.