I guess there's a reason that purple coneflowers are so ubiquitous in summer. They seem to shrug off the hot, dry weather and their hot pink flowers really pop in the harsh sun. This one is called Magnus, and has a really nice dark pink cone.
It's pretty classy with the thug daisies and the Russian sage.
I like that spot of yellow from a helenium called "Sahin's Early Flowerer" (although everything's early this year).
The front yard has nice mass now. It's full of tough customers who don't mind the hot afternoon sun and no watering. Yes, we do live close to our neighbors.
This is a combo in my hellstrip between the sidewalk and curb...more coneflowers, verbena, eryngium, and carex. What more could I ask for from plants that I ignore?
No rain in 3-4 weeks. Not much to be hopeful about in the forecast. It's going to get ugly.