Above: This is my low-maintenance front garden in mid-August. I haven't done much to it since my June mulch-fest and most things are doing pretty well.
The catmint and 'Moonshine' yarrow are STILL blooming - I love these plants for their super long bloom periods and drought tolerance. Other varieties of these plants can be rather invasive but nepeta (catmint) 'Walker's Low' and achillea (yarrow) 'Moonshine' are both well-behaved and even look good together. All I do is cut them down to the ground in spring. No other care required. The bees love the catmint, too BTW.
The lilies are still blooming and the daylilies have buds on them. That tall purple thistle-ish looking thing is a teasle. I started it from seed last year and it didn't do much but this year it surprised me by coming back and has been very showy (it's a biennial) and I've had lots of people ask about it.
Above: Here's a close-up of the spot I re-worked recently. The Purple Emperor sedum shows up much better now in front of its light background, the pedestal. Around the back I planted 3 calamagrostis (feather reed grass) 'Avalanche' for a bit of a screen, but they're floppy since they're new. Next year this spot should look very cool. Those yellowish-pinkish shrubs are Goldflame spireas BTW, which I highly recommend. Absolutely one of my favourite shrubs for spring, summer and fall colour!
Above: And I also added 3 golden ninebarks 'Dart's Gold' around the base of the spruce tree at the top of this picture. I needed some more colour but wanted something with year-round structure i.e. shrubs. They're small now but will get to 4-5 ft eventually.
Here's what this area looks like at other times of the year: