The August Garden
Here it is not quite the middle of August and my garden beds look bedraggled. The phlox got battered but was near the end of its bloom period anyway. I'm gearing up to divide some perennials and move some around. The kidney shaped bed doesn't look too bad although nothing is in bloom except one small shrub and some young yellow echinacae. I've got a good mix of shapes and foliage. I bought some creeping thyme on sale at Agway to put at the south edge of the border.
Are you happy about your August garden? What's blooming or simply looks good? The plants in my circle bed are too large and too many are too tall (white phlox is at least 5' tall) for such a small bed (maybe 12' in diameter). I also hate to cut anything down because the birds love the seed heads. This bed is in our view from the kitchen table. Maybe I should plant things that would look neater. I do not have any annuals in this bed and due to the height of the perennials, the north side of the garden is shady.
Brag all you want if your beds looks great at this time of year. I'm looking for insight and inspiration.