There is a point in midsummer where the garden suddenly changes. The spring greens are long gone and a unified summer green emerges. The once emerald lawn has now lost its luster. My friend Mermer recently said about this that, “the garden has lost its innocence!” And I have to say, I agree with her.
But there is some consolation to be had in the late flowering perennials that bring much needed intensity of color to the garden. Some of those July/August stars are: daylily-Ice Carnival, drumstick alliums, sanguisorba obtusa, salvia amethyst, campanula, and hydrangea Annabel with its chartreuse flowers turning white. Beyond the garden the seed heads of the meadow grasses have turned a warm pink which clashes nicely with the green foliage of the many meadow perennials. Thanks again to David J. Turan for his wonderful photos.