Our lower flower gardens, including this terraced garden, love this time of the year and quite honestly, May is when they look their best. Things get a bit wild and crazy the rest of the year. We have a lot of iris, with bunches of the wild daisies [leucanthemum] that volunteered and stayed, plus a few poppies. I like the dark red Beauty of Livermoor poppies the best. There are peonies to the left of this shot.
Later in the year, there will be a cloud of nigella and a lot of daylilies with some monarda. The past few hot dry summers almost wiped out my monardas. We'll see how they do this year. In late summer we'll get some blue asters and black eyed susans. Things change a bit every year.