After the cold winter Lantana camera took a long time to start growing this year. This was fine with me because it seemed too large the last couple of years. This perennial, deciduous shrub is invasive in some places further south and is very toxic. Butterflies are typically attracted to it but there have been very few takers this summer.
Both the lantana and this Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage) were planted soon after the garden was established. I moved most of the Perovskia to another location because usually by now this is crowded out by the arching branches of lantana. This year it is holding up pretty well.
Near the bottom of the branches the berries of Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry) are ripening.
This intimidating creature is Argiope aurantia, known as the Corn Spider or the Black and Yellow Garden Spider.
I was happy I did not disturb her web. She did not like being photographed so early in the morning.
She was very well camouflaged as I went to check out the Chrysanthemums. Upon closer observation the concentric circles of the web are visible against the dark green on the left.
Here is a view of one of these orb spiders from the top side in a photograph taken several years ago.
I was excited this morning to find several yellow irises poised to rebloom. These are passalongs so I do not know the name.