No drought + no string of high temperatures = fabulous borders. In fact, this has been one of the best garden years in recent history. One Chicago zone 5 lot = lush growth, vibrant colors and amazing blooms.
above. The parkway in mid-June with a sea of blue and purple flowers from Salvia 'May Night', Catmint 'Walker's Low', and Amsonia 'Blue Ice' edged with boxwoods. In the foreground is a slowly maturing variegated Pagoda Dogwood, Cornus alternifolia 'Argentea'.
above. The entrance to the backyard in early July with Centaurea macrocephala, Daylily 'Baja' (rescued from a construction site), Veronica 'Red Fox', and a tall variety of catmint that I have lost the name for but its a Goldfinch magnet.
above. The back border in full bloom with Astilbe visions, heirloom day lilies that came with the garden over 20+ years ago, and Hydrangea paniculata 'Unique'.
above. Another view of the back border with yellow heirloom day lilies, Hydrangea paniculata 'Unique', and the large Hosta sieboldii 'Elegens'.