|Newly planted Celosia argentea var. spicata (aka Pink Flamingo Feather Flower)|
Frankly, I've always steered clear of Celosia, finding most of the genus too garish. Although this one is undeniably a brightly colored attention-getter, it struck me as more garden-worthy. The flower color and shape mirror the smaller flowers on the Hebe.
|Close-up of Pink Flamingo Feather Flower|
|Hebe 'Wiri Blush' in bloom|
Here's a picture of the Celosia and Hebe with the new Phormium 'Dark Delight,' purchased at the same time as the Celosia. I like the combination of the 3 plants. The Celosia is reputed to be a vigorous self-seeder so maybe it'll make a return visit next summer.
|Celosia argentea var. spicata, Hebe 'Wiri Blush' and Phormium 'Dark Delight'|
Pink Flamingo Feather Flower is expected to grow up to 18-24 inches tall and 12 inches wide. It flowers summer through fall, likes heat, and needs full sun and average water. This plant is my contribution to the favorite plants meme hosted by Loree of danger garden. You can see Loree's favorite, a wonderful Saliva discolor I wish I could find locally, here, as well as links to favorites presented by other participating gardeners.