After a few months of growth, the perennials we planted back in May have taken off! The hyssop, yarrow, blanket flower and penstemon have been blooming nearly all summer and many of them have more than quadrupled in size. Hummingbirds, butterflies and several species of bees have been regular visitors all season.
As a reminder, below is a photo of what the space looked like right before planting as well as a shot of a newly planted 4 inch tall yarrow plant.
The perennials in the above picture as well as the bed shown below are now watered by drip line, and another layer of mulch is currently being added. Once the flowers fade and the leaves begin to die back we will do a bit of pruning, though I like to leave some dried flower stalks and seed heads for winter interest and texture. In another area of the yard we spread a Rocky Mountain native wildflower seed mix that has also been very successful. The annual seeds sprouted this season, and the perennial ones will likely come up next year or the year after.