However I have tried to catch what I can when it is looking not too bad !
Casa Blanca is my favorite oriental lily .. there is just something about how her all white petals glow in the shade garden. I don't have many .. I hate the lily beetle with a vengeance but I have to have at least one of her .. I might get brave this year and plant a few more .. I just have to wait and see what kind of a year it will be !
Silver Brocade artemisia ... a few gardeners may groan at this because it is so common and can become invasive .. BUT... I have a specific use for it mixed with my Provence lavender in that big circle.
So rather than buying Dusty Miller every year I now have a perennial that fills the bill ... for as long as I like?
I have Black Eyed Susans dotted all over the gardens for that hit of colour.
Nanho Blue Buddleia , butterfly bush is one of my oldest perennials .. it has wonderful tough silver gray foliage that puts up with our abusive summer weather and pumps out gorgeous honey scented flowers.
I have two Fire Island hosta on either side of Pinot Gris heuchera .. but I think I will change that planting to something a little more natural for the scenario ... maybe mini ornamental grasses ?