Do you know a plant collector? Or maybe, you are one. That is the classification I fit into as a gardener. It’s exciting to try new plants for the first time. I’m always thrilled when they live and seem to be happy in my yard.
Hardy hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos) have always fascinated me. I always planned to get one. There were some last year at our Garden Club’s plant sale, so I grabbed one. Now in the heat it is blooming and blooming.
Love the whole look of it.
One of the best things about the hardy Hibiscus is that it will return in early summer after dying in the winter. So it’s carefree. A tropical Hibiscus, on the other hand, has to be hauled into a green house for the winter.
The flowers don’t appear here in zone 7b until mid summer. Hardy Hibiscus adds a pop to the garden after spring flowers have died off.
There were always old fashioned tall Hollyhocks (Alcea rosea) in my grandmother’s garden. I don’t know why this is the first time I’ve planted one. This one was purchased at the Lady Bird Johnson Center spring sale of Texas natives.
These misshapen blooms are the result of grasshoppers. At least, they haven’t stripped the plant, yet.
The brilliant color makes them a striking plant. Although I’ve read that hollyhocks don’t bloom the first year, this one has.
Hollyhocks love full sun and can grow to be 8 feet tall. With their large leaves, they occupy more space than I expected. Since they reseed, eventually these will be too crowded. More poor planning on my part.
The Hardy Hibiscus and the Hollyhock grow side by side. It’s amazing how much their red blooms look alike.
Technically, this is a Pink Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri). But the flowers look a little red, so I included it in this post.
Whenever I see lindheimeri in the botanical name of a plant, I picture the Texas botanist who discovered and cataloged so many plants. He would go on foraying trips and bring back all these samples. His wife would help him dry them and place them in paper to preserve them. And paper was a valuable commodity at that time.
Gauras are another one of those plants that sways softly in the wind. The small flowers are on the tip of long stems.
It’s necessary to look at the flowers up close to appreciate their delicate beauty.
The variety of flowering plants that will grow in this area alone is staggering.
“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrows, but only saps today of its strength.” A. J. Cronin