The rose garden that sits just outside the back door is simple and understated this year:
It includes a container of mint and a container of pink impatiens:
Alyssum in pink with deeper hues at the edges of the petals:
And, of course, the white roses:
The "spring" gardening push came late for me this year, so I just put the alyssum in about a week ago. It should fill in by the end of the season. I like the way the green pots sit right in the garden with the color of the containers playing off the green foliage, and the way the pinks of the alyssum and impatiens create a color duet. This continues the pink-white-green color combination I like so much in this garden as expressed in last year's Overview & Evaluation at the end of the season.
Alas, last year's temperamental clematis 'Freckles' did not reappear to redeem itself this year. And the cosmos, which provided so much enjoyment as documented here, here, here, here and here, did not re-seed themselves. And the hypoestes (an annual or tender perennial) did not come back. So other than the roses (which, after all, are the basis for the garden) it's a whole new scene this year -- simple and sweet!