I had the rare opportunity to compose a flower bed from scratch last year ~ some overgrown arborvitae needed to go, which left me with a seven by twenty foot canvas.
And this week the color gods smiled upon this composition:
They will be even happier once the white spiderwort opens just to the right of the yellow iris.
I should be embarrassed to say I was able to populate this bed without buying even a single plant save the paperbark maple that serves as the anchor on the east side. Yes, I do have a lot of plants!!!!
Now, inspired by this success and being a more mature and wizened gardener, I am tempted to revamp all of my beds this Fall. It will mean digging everything out and replanting, but if I get it right, the rewards should be just as breathtaking.