Sharing my garden, ID help, and a weeding question

Sharing my garden, ID help, and a weeding question

Hi all-
I've been lurking in this community for quite awhile and think I'll finally post. Seems like a lot of folks get interested in gardening around here when they buy their first home, and I'm no exception.

Just wanted to post to show how it's going, ask for some IDing help, and then ask a few more questions from the awesome experts in here. I'm a newbie, but I like to think I'm destined to become a "real" gardener: my name's Ganit, which is "little garden" in Hebrew (cool, huh?):)

Anyway, in December, when I got the house, the whole backyard was just dirt covered in hay. After I got most of the hay raked up, it looked like this:


And here are the after shots.


Here's my back white dutch clover lawn, with a tiny smattering of grass. In my head, the grass is the "weed", not the clover :P


That's the main perennial bed down there. It's the perennial starter garden from Bluestone Perennials, a few extra geranium on the side, plus a volunteer sunflower plant. I just bought the easy stuff since I was scared to death of killing everything.

My favorites so far are the Salvia East Friesland and the Nepeta Walker's Low, but a whole bunch of them haven't flowered yet.

They have a while to go:


Morning glories popped up EVERYWHERE here. Superinvasive. I pulled it out like mad in May and June, and it's coming up slower now :) But I left them go in two places, since they look pretty there:


Here's a sunflower with a bee on it, and some bee balm

I loved my columbine and lupine while they lasted. I'm thinking of buying more and putting them by the bee balm.

And here are the two I wanted ID help with. I started some perennial seed mix from seed and ended up pulling most of it (it looked really tacky as it was, and I planted it too densely), but I liked these two kinds. What are they?


And a question: What's a good way to get rid of a whole lot of weeds without Roundup? My front yard has a bed from the previous owner, and it is CHOCK FULL of weeds. I've pulled weeds out there for HOURS over the last 3 days, and there's still more.

But there's what looks like a rose bush in there, and I dumbly threw three Hydrangeas in amongst the weeds. How do I kill it all without hurting them?

Thanks in advance! Any suggestions are appreciated!
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