As summer drags on with no rain, the field grasses are drying, so that’s a drab sight. Some brightness in the yard is definitely needed.
I got a start of these several years ago at a club plant sale and have kept several pots since then. They’re easy to propagate by cutting off a stem and sticking it into soil. Sometimes I remember to dip the stem in a rooting compound and sometimes I don’t.
Rose Moss(Portulaca grandiflorais) is another good old reliable. This pot has been on my porch for about six years. Every spring I question whether or not it survived the winter cold. Then, just when I’m about to give up, they sprout and bloom.
Every winter, it goes into the heated shed, so I don’t know if it would recover otherwise. Cold hardiness is zone 7 – 11, but I don’t trust the new 8 zone listed for us.
This has been in this pot so long that I don’t even remember where it came from. This lovely small flower is another one that will return after a severe winter.
http://www.succulent-plant.com/families/aizoaceae.html is a good source for all these succulents that look so much alike.
Tropical Ixora (Ixora coccinea) grows in most tropical areas but is prominent in Asian tropical countries. The leaves feel stiff. The clusters of tangerine colored flowers last a long time on the stems.
Mine is in mostly shade but gets a shot of late afternoon sun. About 12 years old, this plant is a winner in my book.
Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii) is truly thorny, so it’s difficult to re-pot. Mostly, I keep cutting off the long stems and starting new plants for plant sales or passalongs. The stems need to harden a couple of days before planting.
About six years ago, I got a cutting from a friend. The flowers last for months and are in a lovely color. Native to Madagascar, they are tropical.
It is hardly to 30 degrees and likes semi-shade. Mine gets morning sun and afternoon shade. It will bloom just about year round, if brought inside during the winter.
It needs lots of hot sun, lots of water, and some fertilizer to get it going. The first time I saw this plant years ago on Turks and Caicos, I was smitten. Even on those wind swept islands, it bloomed and flourished.
Hope some color is brightening your summertime.
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