I have been so fascinated by the shade garden I have, to an unfair degree, ignored the four foot deep bed at the base of the west-facing blank brick wall. Consequently, severa plants I placed in it have had a unique opportunity to completely monopolize the space.
The portion of the bed in the photograph is absolutely full with four of these spreading plants.
The most dominant is Black-Eyed Susan [Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Goldsturm']. It will bloom consistently through August.
The Balloon Flower [Platycodon grandiflorus] has been slow to establish... but this year it has started spreading out. It will bloom through July.
The Montbretia [Crocosmia 'Lucifer'] were just planted last year. They grew but did not bloom. This year... they did. In a couple of years I might have a nice sized clump of them. These are easy to grow and they make a great cut-flower for arrangements.
The 'Tiger Eyes' Sumacs will be dug up this fall, rooted in pots and given to friends.
Behind all four of these plants is a juvenile Ural False Spirea... that will be moved this fall to a new location.
Now that I've written this much I'm going to say this bed, in a completely undesigned way and while barely maintained, has developed into a fun and colorful bed that does itself justice throughout the season. Besides the four plants listed above the bed contains:
1] A Peony and a yellow-flowering False Indigo that bloom in mid-spring
2] A 'Worcestor Gold' Caryopteris that blooms in mid-summer
3] Siberian Iris that bloom in late spring
4] A white-flowering Spiderwort that blooms in May
5] and A specimen hardy Hibiscus that produces deep red blooms starting in mid-summer