Two weeks ago, I wrote of working in the inner and outer sidewalk beds of our garden - the seemingly never-ending series of small chores that are part and parcel of gardening. At the time I wrote that piece, I perceived the garden as being at or near its seasonal peak. Boy, was I wrong.
The balance of this relatively small garden area is now in its full mid-July bloom cycle. The second photo, looking up the front sidewalk, shows the joy of texture and color (double click on any photo to see it at full size). On the left side of the walkway, there's persacaria 'Painters Palette' and 'Red Dragon' that are thriving and close to four feet high. Next to them is a yellow-gold variegated artemisia that requires constant attention to keep it from taking over the area. On the right side of the sidewalk is a golden helenium that, for the monent, dominates the site. Closer to the camera are sedum and huechera.
Perhaps most remarkable in all of this is that the elements of the bed's late July bloom cycle are already in place. The hibiscus is showing buds and the Belamcanda Chinesis (blackberry lily) has grown to nearly five feet in anticipation of its own display. There are tiny panticles on the oxydendrum that will become vividly white by month's end.