It feels more like late Summer out there though. We've been in the 90's for days with high humidity and not a drop of rain in the forecast. This is my side entrance to the gardens, you enter through the snake gate.
The ground in this area is as hard as a rock and filled with sycamore roots. These perennials were planted long ago when it was still digable.
I don't even bother trying to plant annuals, I don't know that I could get a spade in the ground.
This is my Japanese Lilac. I will try to remember to get a photo of it when it blooms.