This ajuga was taken out of the walled garden a couple of years ago, where it always struggled. It is now largely ignored, baking in the heat along those stone stairs. Clearly, it likes the abuse! At the top of the stairs there is a big blank spot where we had some diseased Leylands removed; they've been replaced with three "Alta" magnolias and a couple of Chinese Fringetrees, which should fill in nicely there. For this season (and some instant filler), we're adding in Castor Bean, which typically grows about 12 feet tall!
This shot of the Bridal Wreath Spirea shows why it's one of my favorite plants! It is beautifully positioned above that wall, and seems to be just dripping white blossoms in a waterfall!
In the walled garden, things are having their "last hoorah," since the collards have bolted and some of the other things are beginning to fry in the heat. The collards are now too bitter to eat, but how fabulous are those flowers?
At the pool, some of the winter containers are just starting to pop, as well! This one has colors that remind me of citrus sherbets.
On the other side of the pool, the delphiniums are beginning to put on their incredible show, made even more special by the fact that they typically don't do well in Atlanta. The fact that they are upright and so beautiful is the only good thing about our recent lack of rain. They are planted behind a large bank of coral-colored daylilies....perhaps we'll get a couple of early blooms for an awesome combination!