The first are the 2 tardy bloomers I mentioned in my October Bloom Day post. Mid-month they were showing only a handful of blooms but, despite this week's miserable heatwave, both are now blanketed with flowers.
This month I can't ignore the large-flowered Grevilleas. These plants are true garden workhorses.
Another workhorse, Lantana camara 'Lucky White', also deserves a shout-out.
|Lantana is often dismissed in the same way that Agapanthus is here, where both plants are common, but you can't beat it for handling hot and dry conditions. The butterflies love it too.|
When the heat is on, you can't help but admire the succulents in the garden. They don't shrivel under the intense sun and near-zero humidity.
|The 3 Agave americana var medio-picta 'Alba' shown on the left were given to me 2 years ago as pups by Hoover Boo of Piece of Eden. I understand that they're the dwarf variety. (HB, please tell me if my recollection is accurate. If it's not, I need to move them further apart!) I've tried planting the area between them with a couple of different groundcovers and, as the last selection, Lessingia 'Silver Carpet', is disappointing, I'll be looking for another soon.|
There are other plants that stand up to the heat too.
I've also got a couple of unusual flowering plants to share.
I'll close with plants belonging to a next door neighbor but readily visible from my garden.
Visit Loree at danger garden to see what favorites she and other gardeners are flaunting this month.
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