Crimson Lilium speciosum rubrum have been blooming this month in the main backyard flower bed. Their stalks are taller than me, and their fragrance is divine.
They nod on the stem, so it's a good thing the main stalk is so tall.
In bloom nearby are 'Miss Molly' butterfly bushes, Russian sage (Peroskvia), 'Rozanne' hardy geraniums and 'Ava' hummingbird mint (Agastache). The hummingbird mint is visited every day by two or three hummingbirds, and numerous butterflies congregate on the butterfly bushes.
I've ordered similar 'Miss Feya' lily bulbs to plant this fall to add to the display next summer. August isn't the best time for finding flowers in my garden, so I'm happy to have one area with plenty of blooms.
The 'Royal Purple' smoke bush (Cotinus coggryia) adds beautiful color, though I wonder if annual pruning will keep it small enough once it's fully established. I'll find out in a few years, I guess.