Continuing the theme of massing for impact, here's a variation. This time it's massing by plant type AND by bloom time. At the center and left are two lacecap hydrangeas I'm at a loss to ID by exact name (moved too many times for my recordkeeping to keep up), grouped with a spirea 'Anthony Waterer' and gobs of astilbes. So for you plant nuts who can't bear to plant lots of any one thing, is this better? (Here's another view, more close-up.)
Next, a vision that's certainly ho-hum to most of you – squash in bloom – but one that's seriously exciting to me, the newbie food-grower. Does that mean I'm hooked on kitchen gardening? Possibly, because I can tell you that I loved popping homegrown sugar snap peas into my mouth and baking pizzas topped with homegrown basil. So it turns out that change is possible.