Some plants have a built-in program to handle the hot and dry conditions.
|Aeoniums curl up and turn a bronze to red color as heat intensifies|
I used my stored rainwater to give selected plants and extra drink early this morning but some plants are still suffering. However, as it's Foliage Follow-up Day, I thought it was a good time to give a nod to the plants that are taking the heat in stride.
|My established Acacia cognata 'Cousin Itt' are doing well this summer, although the smaller, more recently planted, specimens are struggling|
|Agonis flexuosa 'Nana' and Carex testacea don't seem to even notice the heat|
|Callistemon 'Cane's Hybrid', planted in mid-March to replace a tree removed to accommodate a neighbor's issue with her view of the harbor, is thriving despite very little attention|
|Echium fastuosum 'Star of Madeira' has formed a good-sized mound in the front garden|
|Festuca rubra 'Patrick's Point', planted in late November, looks great|
|Phormium 'Maori Queen' and Lomandra longifolia 'Breeze', also planted in late November, seem to appreciate a little shade|
|Yucca 'Bright Star' is SLOWLY gaining some height in the back garden|
The Leucadendrons as a group are standouts.
|I'm really happy with Leucadendron salignum 'Chief', which has occupied space in my dry garden since January 2013|
|Leucadendron 'Pisa' has gained size dramatically since I moved it from a pot into a new bed in the backyard garden early last November|
|Leucadendron 'Safari Sunset' is my newest purchase in this genus, planted in the backyard border in March|
|Leucadendron 'Wilson's Wonder' remains my favorite in this genus. The one on the left was planted from a 1-gallon pot in November while the one on the right moved in with us almost 5 years ago, going from a pot into the ground.|
There are other plants worthy of recognition for their heat hardiness but, frankly, I couldn't stand being out in the heat to take more photos this afternoon. To find other foliage stand-outs, visit Pam at Digging, the host of this monthly foliage celebration.
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