|In March 2012, I planted 3 Cuphea 'Starfire Pink' in the backyard border, where they've performed admirably ever since. They're not actually in peak condition in the middle of summer but, if you could see the mass of bees and tiny butterflies that swarm the plants from early morning into evening at this time of year, you'd understand how they ended up on my July list. Annie's Annuals & Perennials recently featured this Cuphea on its "indestructable plants" list. Mine get watered 2x a week during the summer months by our automated irrigation system but I don't consider it a water hog and it takes our hot summers in stride. As an aside, the unidentified butterfly is smaller than the average skipper and seemingly impossible to catch with its blue wings open. Amy of A Small Sunny Garden has seen it in her garden in the Sonoran Desert too. It's underside wings appear similar to butterflies identified alternatively as the Hammock Skipper and the Cassius Blue but on-line input makes both IDs unlikely.
|The Echeverias are looking good in mid-summer. All 3 of these are in pots kept in afternoon shade. Left to right, they are: Echeveria 'Afterglow', E. cante, and E. 'Raindrops'.
With the exception of succulents, buying new plants in summer is at the top of my list of garden don'ts; yet it's a rule I break just about every year. Featuring any such recent purchase as a "favorite" within a month or less of purchase also seems inadvisable as it could easily be dead before summer draws to a close but, because I can't help myself, here are 3 additions to my list of favorites this July. Perhaps I should refer to them as "plant crushes" rather than favorites as they could be history in no time.
That's my July list. I can only hope things look as positive at the end of August. Visit Loree at danger garden to see what's found her favor this month, as well as links to related posts by other bloggers. And, for what's looking good across the pond, check Chloris' top 10 list for July at The Blooming Garden.
Best wishes for a wonderful weekend!
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