The Astilbe Chinensis Pumila is really doing well, and all three patches are ready to be 'downsized' this autumn. These perform well in sun and part shade, and except when first planted, they are not watered.
The Centaurea have bounced back after their cut back and providing plenty of pollen for the bumbles bees
and even Rosa Open Arms does the same
Newly planted this year, in the area where the Victoria Plum tree used to grow, is Rudbekia fulgida sullivantii 'Goldstrum' . It contrasts with the Aster frikartii 'Monch', also new this year.