|Leonotis leonurus (aka lion's tail) isn't invasive but it's having a very good year|
|Okay, these Leucadendrons aren't true flowers but they do a good job of imitating the real ones. Those shown here are Leucadendron 'Jester' and L. 'Summer Red'.|
|I've shown the Leucadendron 'Safari Sunset' and L. 'Devil's Blush' before but they're almost impossible to ignore|
|I don't envision Cupheas as the stars of my garden but, like some actors in supporting roles, they do occasionally steal the show. This is hybrid Cuphea 'Starfire Pink'.|
|This is Cuphea 'Vermillionaire'|
|It's hard to ignore the exuberance of Gaillardia 'Arizona Sun' either. They're the Energizer Bunnies of my summer garden.|
|Pandorea jasminoides (aka white bower vine) is having a good year too|
|I haven't kept the Globularia x indubia (globe daisies) as manicured as I like but they're blooming better than ever this year|
|This noID Lavandula angustifolia (English lavender) has been here for years and always put on a good show. It's bee and butterfly approved.|
|The blooms of Phyla nodiflora (aka frogfruit) are tiny but profuse, choking out most weeds (except for the occasional opportunistic Gazania)|
Other blooms are fading but still deserve a shout-out.
|The Agapanthus didn't get the attention I usually give them this year and now they're waning, although there are new blooms opening here and there|
|Callistemon 'Cane's Hybrid' has continued to produce new flushes of blooms and, photographed from this angle, it does a nice job of playing off the blooms on the mimosa tree in the background|
|Most of my daylilies are done blooming. This deciduous variety, probably Hemerocallis 'Sammy Russell', which came with the garden, is finishing up now.|
|The foliage of Lagurus ovatus (bunny tail grass) died out a month or more ago but the flowers still look fresh|
|A friend of mine bought these frilly noID Leucanthemum x superbum (Shasta daisies) for me following my mother's death in 2013. My friend passed away somewhat unexpectedly last year. I think of both of them every time I look at these flowers.|
|The flowers of Limonium perezii (aka sea lavender) dries well but, as it gets scruffier, I start cutting it back|
|Two of my largest Salvias, Salvia canarienesis var candidissima (left) and Salvia clevelandii 'Winnifred Gilman' (right), are finishing up the season|
There are some recent arrivals to admire as well.
|The red fountain grass (Pennisetum x advena 'Rubrum') is just starting to bloom|
|As I was late in sowing Zinnia seeds in my cutting garden this year, I added plugs purchased at my local garden center to this bed on the south side of my garden when I pulled the remains of my California poppies to provide an immediate Zinnia fix|
What's most obviously missing from my July garden this year are Dahlia blooms. As with the Zinnia seeds, I was late in getting my tubers in. They were planted between mid-April and early May instead of early March as was the case in 2019. I'm trusting that those blooms will make an appearance eventually.
I'll conclude as usual with color collages featuring the best of the rest.
|Top row: Alstroemeria 'Inca Vienna', noID Cosmos, and noID Crassula|
Middle row: Kalanchoe blossfeldiana, Leptospermum 'Copper Glow', and Magnolia grandiflora
Bottom row: Myrtus communis 'Compacta' and Orlaya grandiflora
|Top row: Achillea 'Moonshine', Alstroemeria 'Inca 'Sundance', and Cuphea micropetala|
Middle row: self-seeded Gazania, Grevillea 'Peaches & Cream', and Lantana camara 'Irene'
Bottom row: noID dwarf Phalaenopsis and Phlomis fruicosa
|Top row: Bignonia capreolata, Cotyledon orbiculata, and Grevillea 'Superb'|
Middle row: Ammi majus 'Dara' and Calibrachoa 'Cabernet Coral Kiss'
Bottom row: Grevillea 'Ned Kelly' and Pelargonium peltatum 'Dark Burgundy'
That's a wrap! Drop in on Carol at May Dreams Gardens to discover what she and other gardeners have blooming in their gardens this month.
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