When I look around the garden, there are a lot of bare patches.
The big, showy displays of yarrow, bee balm, day lily,
clematis, and rose mallow
are mere whispers of their earlier selves,
if they are even still speaking.
I've still got one that will knock your eye out...
But there are some more subtle spots to enjoy.
Anemone hupehensis var. japonia
The anemone is just starting to bloom,
as is the obedient plant.
Nepeta x faassenii
Catmint, while not as thickly flowered as earlier in the season,
is still satisfying.
I like the contrast of the wood aster's tiny white flowers
with its dark stems.
And, I'm anticipating these:
Sweet Autumn clematis (two flowers have just opened)
Caryopteris x clandonensis
Blue spirea (this will be its first year of bloom)