Overview of left side of front bed:
And now for the details:
Clematis growing on the arbor which is on the far left of the photo above
Dianthus are popular with the ants
Another dianthus with more ants.
These are the red imported fire ants, which are an unpleasant invasive species. I've been researching organic ways to control them because there's nothing worse than weeding the flower bed and stepping into a fire ant nest and getting covered with stings. If anyone has fire ant suggestions I would love to know what works.
And now for the right side of the front bed
This is a crazy columbine. I tend to buy flowers at the end of the season when they are past flowering and nurseries put them on sale. This was one of those sale plants and when it started flowering I wondered what it was. It has definite columbine leaves, but the flowers were not like any columbine I had ever seen. Turns out it is a double columbine.
Another rose bush
Bumblebee visiting the weigelia
Take a lesson from Domino- stop and sniff the flowers!