There are plants that are adept at standing up to the heat. I got a jump start in calling those out last week with my post entitled "the good, the bad and the ugly." I complemented the Leucadendrons and showed photos of 'Wilson's Wonder' and 'Safari Sunset' but 'Pisa' also deserves recognition.
|Leucadendron 'Pisa' with the sun showing through its silver leaves (left) and the cones decorating its branches (right)
In the bed opposite that occupied by 'Pisa', Melianthus major is also looking good in the early morning light.
|Melianthus major is nestled in between Arbutus 'Marina', Grevillea 'Ned Kelly' and Leucadendron 'Jester' where it gets a bit of shade during the hottest part of the day
The ornamental grasses are also coming into their own.
|Pennisetum 'Fireworks' also makes the most of the morning light
|Seslaria 'Greenlee's Hybrid' mimics the display of Pennisetum 'Fireworks' on the other side of the flagstone path
On the back patio, Phylica pubescens (aka Featherhead) has managed the heat thrown at it.
|Okay, the 2 plants I put in the bad border were quickly killed by that miserable heatwave in June but this one in a large pot has settled in nicely
On the other side of the patio, also in a pot, I'm amazed that Duranta erecta 'Sapphire Showers' is blooming well on a steady diet of graywater from the kitchen sink.
|Anything that can get by on weekly infusions of graywater alone is a winner in my book
Many of the Echeverias are blooming now but Echeveria 'Afterglow' is my favorite.
|'Afterglow' has survived in this pot for about 3 years now without complaining and gets watered only every couple of weeks (if I remember)
Out along the street, the last of the three Chondropetalum tectorum (aka Cape Rush) I planted in 2013 has finally come into its own. Situated in front of the Xylosma congestum shrubs we planted in spring as a continuation of our existing street-side hedge, it's responded to the extra water provided to those shrubs. I'd like to find a few more of these to add elsewhere in the garden when the fall planting season comes around.
|Rush viewed from the street (left) and from the dirt path in the garden with the late afternoon sun shining through (right)
That's it for my July favorite picks. Visit Loree at danger garden to see what plants she and other gardeners are excited about this month.
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