Because they've bloomed superbly despite the drought and a major spider mite/lacebug infection each summer when the weather gets hot and dry, I've let my aromatic asters take over the front garden beds. I need to thin them down and provide some space for a few other plants, though.
All of these first few photos were taken yesterday in the late afternoon.
Here is the pathway through my main front flower bed, leading from the driveway to the front door.
The island bed in the front yard swale needs plenty of work, too. Limbing up the Shumard oak a bit will help, although I'm leaving the lower limbs on right now to help give it plenty of energy to grow quickly. Having the buffalo grass fill in will help too., simply by giving the bed a "finished frame" around it. The small 'Dream of Beauty' aromatic asters in front have had their leaves basically bleached by the lacebugs, but will still bloom mightily and come back even more widely next year. They need to be reduced in spread in the spring, I think.
Not everything is negative or "not working" in the garden. I had the best bloom I've ever had on my butterfly milkweeds (Asclepias tuberosa) this spring. (The photo below was taken on June 14 in the front flower bed.)
The nodding wild onion (Allium cernuum) looks better every year.
Talinum calycinum) is absolutely wonderful and requires nothing but admiration.
I welcome any and all suggestions...except, perhaps, to pull it all out and start over! I'm not THAT unhappy with it...yet!