|Solidago sphacelata 'Golden Fleece'|
|'Autumn Joy' sedum and Mexican bush sage (Salvia leucantha 'Bicolor')|
This poor sedum is struggling to survive the thug of a salvia above it. I love Mexican bush sage but this one has taken over almost the entire 8- by 8-foot square bed!
|Hummer and Mexican bush sage|
Besides not liking how big this salvia got, I'm not that enthused with the color. A few years back I had an intensely brilliant deep purple one that I loved and that stayed in bounds. Alas, it succumbed to a freeze.
|'Fireworks' cuphea and sulphur butterfly|
This 'Fireworks' cuphea is a bit of a miracle. Most cupheas don't survive winters here. After a freeze last winter I cut it back instead of pulling it out and there you go - it came back. Granted, only one out of three did. But still I'm glad one did.
|Echeveria 'Topsy Turvy'|
Nice little blooms but I wish the plants wouldn't elongate like that. They always do that when about to bloom. They're supposed to not do that if you keep them in bright light but if I gave it full sun, it would fry here. Bright light on the west coast is way different I think.
I'm finally getting some blooms on my moonflower vine (I planted the seeds pretty late). These vines put on lots of green growth at first. I wonder if that's because I had sweet peas planted here previously and they added lots of nitrogen to the soil??
|Hydrangea paniculata Mystical Flame|
I'm thrilled to see multiple blooms on this little Mystical Flame hydrangea this year. It's its first year for blooming. I got it as a 4-inch baby in 2010. I almost ripped it out in 2011 during our extreme drought when I was against all water loving plants. But because it never really flagged, and because it was half hidden behind a large tree, I let it be. The blooms are supposed to turn burgundy red after this creamy stage. I should have taken a long shot of it because it's only about a foot tall and wide right now. Mature height should be 4 feet.
|'FIreworks' Pennisetum setaceum|
I'm always enchanted by 'Fireworks' pennisetum when it's young, but it always looks like any other purple fountain grass by the time it blooms. Maybe a few more green stems but ...
I hope you visit Carol's blog to see links to more GBBD posts. Fall is almost here, yay!!
This post was written by Jean McWeeney for my blog Dig, Grow, Compost, Blog. Copyright 2012. Please contact me for permission to copy, reproduce, scrape, etc.