The star of this month's garden is Plectranthus ciliatus 'Zulu Warrior', which did have a prominent place in my garden in prior years. I brought cuttings of this plant with me from my former garden. I now have it in 2 areas of my current garden and plan to try it in other areas as well.
|Plectranthus can handle a little sun but does best here with shade during the hottest part of the day|
In terms of plant combinations, 3 areas are looking good, at least relative to the rest of the garden.
|Gaillardia 'Arizona Sun' could use some dead-heading to neaten it up and Agastache 'Sunset' is getting a bit ragged but both are still looking pretty|
|Hebe 'Wiri Blush' is surrounded here by Pentas 'Nova' and Celosia 'Intenz'|
|New-ish plantings of Polygala fruticosa 'Petite Butterfly' and Euphorbia 'Breathless White' are combining nicely with older plantings of Tulbaghia violacea (aka Society Garlic) and Eustoma 'Echo Blue', returning for another round of bloom (I hope)|
Selected genera are also putting on a good show at the moment.
|Despite becoming the newest salad bar for the resident squirrels, Gazanias 'New Day Yellow', 'White Flame' and 'Golden Flame' still have some unmolested blooms|
|Grevilleas 'Ned Kelly', 'Pink Midget' and 'Superb' have flowered continuously for a good part of the summer. G. 'Peaches & Cream' (not shown) has produced flowers sporadically but seems camera shy whenever Bloom Day comes around.|
|Pennisetum 'Fireworks' (left) is smaller than Pennisetum advena 'Rubrum' (right) but no less impressive in bloom this summer. (Yes, I know it's officially fall but apparently Mother Nature's local representative hasn't gotten the message.)|
|During the past month, roses have appeared here and there, although not in significant numbers. 'Californa Dreamin' (left) and 'Pink Meidiland' (right) are currently making appearances in the front garden.|
|The Salvias soldier on, with the exception of 'Amistad' which appears to have given up the ghost. From left, Salvia discolor, S. 'Mesa Azure' and S. 'Mystic Spires'.|
And here are the best of the rest, organized by color groupings.
|Pink and magenta flowers include, clockwise from left: Bauhinia x blakeana, Angelonia 'Archangel Raspbery', Gomphrena 'Itsy Bitsy', Nerium oleander, and Pentas 'Kaleidoscope Appleblossom'|
|Also my noID Hoya carnosa with what I thought was a bee making a casual visit (left). She turned out to be the prisoner of an unidentified white and black spider which is still on hand waiting for its next victim (right).|
|The blue flower group includes, from the left: Aster frikartii 'Monch', Duranta 'Sapphire Showers', Felicia aethiopica "Tight & Tidy', and prostrate rosemary|
That's it for my Bloom Day post this month. I'm hoping that summer, which is apparently loathe to let go of Southern California, will come to an end this month and cooler weather will bring the "second spring" we usually enjoy during the autumn months. Some rain would also be nice. (Do you hear me El Niño?)
For other Bloom Day posts, please visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens, the esteemed host of the monthly event that is Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.
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