This is the view of the back garden looking north from the main patio area.
|Two of my favorite May bloomers, both members of the Protea family, are visible here|
|The first is Leucadendron 'Pisa'. Its "flowers" are actually bracts surrounding cones. They literally glow against the tree-like shrub's silvery foliage.|
|The blooms of Leucospermum 'Royal Hawaiian Brandi' are still relatively sparse but as this is the first year the plant has bloomed since I planted it in March 2016, I'm thrilled|
The views of the back garden looking south reveal other favorites.
|The moderate gloom on the morning I took this photo was generally great for photographs, although the yellow flowers of Achillea 'Moonshine' blend in with the foliage of Coleonema pulchellum 'Sunset Gold' here|
|The Achillea shows up better in this photo, taken early yesterday evening|
Favorite flowering plants in this area include the following:
|Achillea 'Moonshine' lights up the back border in late Spring/early Summer and balances the blue of the Agapanthus, which are just now beginning their bloom cycle|
|A few Alstroemeria are still blooming but 'Indian Summer' is the most vibrant. I draws my eye even when I'm inside the house. Its dark foliage gives is extra zing.|
The front garden is also looking lush.
|Leptospermum 'Copper Glow' is living up to its name right now, showing off nicely against the chartreuse foliage scattered about|
Dorycnium hirsutum (aka Hairy Canary Clover) is doing a nice job as a ground cover along the edge of the driveway.
|Hairy Canary Clover is attractive in and out of bloom. The flowers are drawing bees now. The plant self-seeds but it isn't a pest and I've used it widely throughout the garden in areas that are particularly dry.|
Looking southward at the front garden from a different angle brings another of this month's favorite blooming plants into view.
|The flower spires of Echium candicans 'Star of Madeira' are just visible behind Leptospermum 'Copper Glow' on the right|
From the south end of the front garden looking north back toward the driveway, you can see not only the Echium but also one of my favorite Pelargoniums.
|Pelargonium 'Oldbury Duet' is scattered to the left of the path|
The wide shots I shared above hid only 2 of the blooming plants on my top 10 list for May.
|Planted in the front garden on the far south side outside the cat's screened porch, I love Salvia lanceolata (aka Rocky Mountain Sage), a South African native, for its quirky flowers. Its gray foliage has a lovely satin texture.|
Visit Chloris at The Blooming Garden to see her top 10 list for May and to find links to other top 10 choices.
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