This view of the back yard shows part of the west container border and the shade area near the back, north side of the property. The Shed Garden was added in 1995 and the container border has evolved over the last five years or so. The lawn used to straggle over to a bench at the fence. The addition of a defined line and the containers adds a lot of color and interest to that side of the yard.
The 'Sum and Substance' and 'Frances Williams' are part of the original plantings but have never achieved the size they should be because the voles here root prune them every winter. At some point I'm going to dig all the hostas from that garden and replant them in cages. Until then, they are still very attractive and anchor the right side of that garden along with the trio of urns I added over the years. For some reason, I've never figured out, the voles don't normally 'prune' the beautiful Hosta 'Gold Standard' on the lower left of this image. It's a beautiful specimen and turns a lovely chartreuse as the summer progresses.
The view of the Sundial and Terrace Gardens looking northeast. The Asiatic Lilies 'Manhattan' make for a great splash of color next to the bird bath.
Asiatic Lilies 'Manhattan'
The Cement Grapes Container is filling in beautifully!
Clematis 'Polish Spirit' is just getting started.
More 'Manhattan' lilies on the east side of the house with Hydrangea Quercifolia 'Little Honey', Persicaria 'Painter's Palette', Heuchera 'Key Lime Pie', Astilbe and Hosta 'Golden Tiara'
The Terrace Garden looking West
Love the splash of light and contrasting texture from this Chasmanthium latifolium 'River Mist' (Northern Sea Oats). I've also added some annual Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost' and Sunpatiens 'Variegated Spreading White' for more contrast and late season interest.
So I think I'm going to grab an iced tea and go do a bit of WALATing. (Walking Around Looking At Things) and take a few more minutes to peruse, enjoy and appreciate the joys of our June gardens.