I also love the delicate look of coreopsis, though it's really quite sturdy and drought tolerant:
I've tried to plant bee- and butterfly-friendly flowers, like these purple coneflowers:
And this bee balm. I love it when they grow double-decker flowers like this:
We've also got some areas that need improvement. Here's the front edge of the border, near the sidewalk:
I thought that the slope from the sidewalk up was gradual enough that we didn't need a retaining feature. Wrong. Mulch is constantly sliding off onto the sidewalk, and then there's always a convenient place for weeds to grow, like the crab grass in front of the stones at right. And we ran out of time/money/season last year to decide what we wanted to fill the front of the border with. As it turns out, it's a good thing we waited.
Grant did such a great job building the stone retaining wall, he's going to build a wall one-stone deep here, just enough to keep the mulch from sliding into the public walkway.
And I've ordered bulbs to plant this fall in the hope that we'll have a little show in the spring:
I'm fond of miniature daffodils, like these:
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