I'm always a little depressed about the back garden this time of year. It's dry. It's hot. It's buggy. The plants are stressed. I'm stressed. I've got some of the late-summer stalwarts like rudbeckia, phlox and helenium blooming, but the garden is mostly masses of texture and shape.
I have to keep reminding myself that that's OK.
The giant Ravenna grass provides the August drama in this mixed border of lilac, roses, iris and erica. That monster grass blooms at 12' or so.
The purple ninebark still looks great anchoring the bed by the garage. The previous owner painted the garage that weird blue color. She wasn't a gardener but it sure provides a nice counterpoint to the plants.
Hosta 'Sagae' looks super by the bog, as do all of those little tufts in the nearby raised bed...drainage-lovers like lavender, helianthemum, and dianthus.
Alliums solo when not much else is going on in this area of mostly spring-blooming plants.