One of the plants that has drawn my attention over the last couple of weeks is Wahlenbergia 'Blue Cloud'. I planted 3 of these plants almost exactly 2 years ago in one of the most inhospitable areas of my garden, the dry area with poor soil on the south side of the house that's regularly plagued by raccoon rampages. Although I'm planning to raise the soil level in that area to improve drainage and plant more succulents, I think the dainty but tough Wahlenbergia will still have a place there.
|The plant only grows about 1 foot tall but it has a tendency to ramble and weave itself between other plants given half a chance|
As I cruised through the garden with my camera I was surprised to discover 2 orchids in bloom. I don't have IDs for either, although I believe the first is a Cattleya and the second is a Phalaenopsis. These orchids get virtually no attention and are watered haphazardly, when at all. The foliage shows evidence of their mistreatment but, when they bloom, they're always impressive.
The other plants that have drawn my attention this month are ones that have received a lot of attention on this blog but they're worth another shout-out. The first of these is Plectranthus ciliatus 'Zulu Warrior', which I featured 2 years ago today as my favorite plant of the week. It's just begun its annual bloom cycle.
|I planted 3 cuttings from the plant outside my backyard door (itself the product of cuttings from a plant in my former garden) in a semi-shaded area of the front garden last year|
My last 2 selections also appeared in my August favorites post but, as they continue to dominate the garden this month, I've elected to give them their due and include them in this month's post as well. Plants that perform this well despite heat and restricted irrigation deserve recognition.
|Pennisetum advena 'Rubrum' adds drama to my garden and outshines the P. 'Fireworks' in bloom nearby|
|And even though they're very, very pink, I can't help but acknowledge the prodigious bloom power of Eustoma grandiflorum 'Echo Pink'|
To find other gardeners' favorite plants this September, visit Loree at danger garden. Meanwhile, it's about time for me to get back to digging up the backyard.
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