The northwest corner of the backyard has the greatest concentration of blooms this month, so I'm featuring that part of the garden for the August Garden Blogger Blooms Day.
Of course the new centerpiece of the NW corner is not a blooming shrub, but a 'Red Dragon' contorted filbert, still in its pot above. But the 'Blue Chip' butterfly bushes (Buddleia) are blooming their heads off all around.
I love the way the 'Red Dragon' filbert echoes the color of the three 'Royal Raindrops' crabapple trees at the back of the corner. The foliage of a clump of Siberian iris at center is especially pretty.
A view of the path through the NW corner shows changes from my recent transplanting. The area on the left was beautiful for a few months in spring, but then the salvia, rhubarb, astrantia, and poppies all needed to be cut back to the ground at the same time to stimulate new leaves and blooms. It looked like a bomb hit the area. Barren, ugly, ugh. So I divided up the big sweep of 'Caradonna' salvia (reblooming violet above) with clusters of later-blooming 'Montgomery' astilbe and 'Red Fox' veronica. This way there will still be some foliage and blooms going during the weeks right after the big cut back of the earlier-blooming perennials.
We'll see how the area works next June, but for now I have high hopes. A new 'Miss Ruby' butterfly bush at center adds late summer color above, while rhubarb and Siberian iris leaves add varying texture.
Here is another view of the area with 'Rozanne' geranium happily blooming at bottom right and the dwarf Arctic willow taking over the path at center rear.
There's always hope in the garden, even when disasters occur here and there!