But there are pleasures to come - crocosmias, rudbeckias, aster, lythrum, japanese anemone, helianthus, phlox and more.
I try to retain the fresh vitality of the earlier garden for as long as possible, and one of the best ways to do this is to cut some plants down to the ground, water and feed, and wait for fresh new leaves to come up.
It's hard to do because it leaves holes, reveals weeds and slug damage and disturbs the whole integrated feel that the garden has attained at this point. But I steel myself and do it anyway!
next posting....which plants get the chop...