By August, the perennials along the borders of the vegetable garden are showing their age.... and problems. I said it last year and I 'll say it again (and hopefully NEXT YEAR I'll listen!!)--phlox hate it here. It's TOO DRY. They just burn up. Rip the darn things out this fall and quit thinking NEXT YEAR THEY'LL DO BETTER HERE. They won't!
What did work? The Grandpa Ott's Morning Glories and alyssum in the aisles. It is so pretty . And the hummers come in droves. I also want to grow a bigger variety of Lavender. It grows well against the heat of the raised beds. There's so many kinds to try. Next year--LOL!
The Cleome along the East side of the house is the perfect plant for the spot. I'm going to remove the Monarda and Delphiniums from the South bed and replace with more Cleome. It handles the extreme heat from the stone walls well. Paired with Artesia 'Powis Castle'-it's stunning and TOUGH.
The Agastache cana takes FOREVER to come into bloom and it's totally worth it. It's just starting and already has overtaken the Russian Sage as the favorite plant for pollinators. So glad I planted this!
Not so sure about the sunflowers next to the house though. Maybe yellow ? Maybe not?