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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