The daylilies are done and the few remaining Agapanthus blooms are looking worn. Many of the other plants I featured in July's Bloom Day post are still flowering, albeit less effusively. But there are a few new entrants to the line up.
|Front and center here are 3 Gomphrena 'Pinball Snow-tip Lavender', one of my latest acquisitions|
|Polygala myrtifolia 'Mariposa' has finally got its bloom on|
|Stachys 'Lilac Falls', a Stachys-Lamium hybrid, has been blooming for a while but it's finally spread enough to make an impression (shown here surrounding a flower-less Erigeron 'Wayne Roderick')|
|Impressed by the success Amy of A Small, Sunny Garden has had growing Catharanthus roseus in desert conditions, I gave the humble vinca another look. This is a new-to-me hybrid form, Catharanthus 'Soiree Ka*wa*i*i'.|
|Coreopsis 'Desert Jewel' and C. 'Redshift' have just begun their annual bloom cycle|
|All the ornamental grasses seem to be in bloom but I'm letting Pennisetum advena 'Rubrum', the biggest of the bunch, stand up for all of them|
The blooms of Eustoma grandiflorum (Lisianthus) that featured prominently in last month's post have faded; however, the plugs I planted in spring are finally producing buds so it appears I'll get another round of blooms on a smaller scale.
|Blue, ivory and pink forms of Eustoma grandiflorum|
I'm giving the uptick in irrigation credit for producing another small flush of blooms from various plants, including several of my roses.
|From left to right are a noID rose (possibly 'Angel Face'), 'Buttercream', 'California Dreamin', and 'Ebb Tide'. 'Pink Meidiland' and 'Joseph's Coat' have also produced sporadic blooms.|
My most dependable shrubs, perennials and ground covers have kept plugging away.
|The Grevilleas keep on giving. Clockwise from the left, are blooms of Grevillea 'Pink Midget', G. alpina x rosmarinifolia, G. 'Ned Kelly', G. 'Peaches & Cream', and G. 'Superb'.|
|Lantana 'Samantha' and Gaillardia aristata 'Gallo Peach' are very slowly providing ground cover along the back patio|
|Gazanias continue to be my go-to ground cover for hot, dry areas|
|Other notable flowering ground covers include: Convolvulus sabatius 'Moroccan Beauty' and Brachyscome 'Enduring Blue' (top), Phyla nodiflora (aka Lippia, bottom left), and Thymus serpyllum 'Minus' (bottom, right)|
And here are a few more that deserve honorable mentions for sticking out the heat of summer:
That's it for my Bloom Day selections. It's an impressive show for August, at least from my perspective. Visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens, our Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day host, for more delicious Bloom Day posts.
As it's Monday, a time some of us also celebrate "In a Vase on Monday," the meme hosted by Cathy of Rambling in the Garden, I also have a floral bouquet to share. Visit Cathy to see more.
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