Ozothamnus diosmifolius, planted in November 2015, is finally living up to my expectations.
|The Australian native isn't in flower at this time of year but I really didn't buy it for the flowers|
|I love its erect form which makes me think of a miniature pine tree|
|Also known as rice flower, it's often grown for its flowers, shown here in a photo taken back in April|
Leucadendron salignum 'Chief', planted in January 2013, fulfilled its promise long ago while its companion, Leucadendron 'Ebony', planted some 8 months later, has been slower to develop. The two are finally beginning to play off one another as I'd envisioned.
|L. 'Chief' makes great use of the late afternoon sunlight|
|In contrast, L. 'Ebony' is dark and moody|
Lantana camara 'Irene', planted from 6-packs in May 2015, is at last providing the pops of color I'd imagined around the base of the Pennisetum in the back garden. Although it's a drought tolerant plant, it needed the boost it got from additional irrigation to produce more than a flower here and there.
The succulents can be depended upon to look good year round but two earned special recognition this month.
|Crassula perfoliata falcata (aka airplane plant) produced its first bright red bloom|
|Although relatively small, Agave parryi patonii draws my attention every time I pass it. I love those exaggerated leaf imprints. It's produced a couple of pups but I don't think I can manage to get them out intact without digging up the entire plant.|
Unfortunately, I also had a major loss this month. My Leucadendron galpinii, a relatively recent purchase, dropped dead in record time.
|It lasted less than 2 months in the backyard border, despite the extra water I provided to help it get established|
I was excited to find this plant in a one-gallon container for the first time and, perhaps foolishly, decided to go ahead and plant it in the backyard border in July rather than waiting for more hospitable weather. Even more foolishly, I planted it in the same location as the Adenanthos sericeus I'd lost earlier. Tracing the history of plants in this area, I realized these aren't the first losses in the same area. I previously lost both a Prostanthera ovalifolia and a Philotheca myporoides in the same general vicinity. Based on my (somewhat patchy) records, all seem to have expired relatively quickly. I'm going to test the soil to see if that provides clues to what's going on.
So as not to end on that sour note, here's a photo of the lovely Pennisetum 'Fireworks' in my back garden. I think they look even better than they did in last month's favorites post. Pop over to Loree's site for more August favorites.
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