I've been focussing on the Tea House garden for these end of the month views since it's an area that I've finally planted in the last two years. It's a mostly green garden and doesn't change too much over the season. So this August shot looks fairly similar to July.
Thus I thought I would also share a view of the other side of the Tea House which is adjacent to the upper pool that feeds the stream and pond. The area outside the door needs to be finished with some kind of paving material and the water and electric lines need to be hooked up. They are under those arch-shaped bamboo hoops so no one walks in that spot.
If you go left in the image above you will go around a curve into what I call the "Sacred Grove." When we moved here 20 years ago there was a group of old trees here that always made me think the Delphic Oracle might suddenly appear. She never has done so, but I've managed a miracle on my own. I finally got an Astrantia to grow in this garden. I had a beauty in my first garden but have had no success here until I put in 'Buckland' last summer.
This is the area which I consider my perennial garden but I am adding shrubs to provide contrast and reduce maintenance. The most recent addition is Berberis thunbergii 'Orange Rocket.' Across the path from it is another purple leaved shrub, Sambucus nigra 'Purple Lace.' There are also dark leaved Cimicifugas on both sides of the path.
Earlier in the season the Barberry picked up the purple in the stems of Lilium leichtlinii and dark-flowered Lilium asiaticum 'Landini' on the far side of the Monarda in the image below.
This area has five clumps of Calamintha nepeta subsp. nepeta on one side of the path and two on the other. I'll be adding more as I continue to rework the opposite area.
This gives you a rough idea of the area. We lost three trees here in the last few winters turning my shade garden into a sun garden.
The view in the other direction from the middle of the bed by the Monarda.
Linking up with Helen aka The Patient Gardener to look back at our gardens each month.