The garden changes daily at this time of year, with many blooms opening overnight to surprise me the next morning. The photo above, though, highlights dark foliage that lasts longer than flowers. I've been struggling with this main sunny bed since I created it, but adding six 'Obsisian' heuchera plants has helped it look more finished. The maroon leaves of the heucheras tie into the similarly colored leaves of the 'Royal Purple' smoke bush (Cotinus) to the left and the 'Royal Purple' crabapple trees (Malus) to the top right.
I love the maroon leaves with ethereal 'Twilight Blues' baptisia and balls of 'Globemaster' allium.
Here in the east back garden my pink 'Helsinki University' rhododendrons and more alliums are providing the flower color for now. Last year I transplanted several 'Jack Frost' and 'King's Ransom' brunnera plants to this area (you can see a blurry one at center), and their silvery leaves provide interest even when the blue flowers aren't visible.