Some plants love the hottest time of the year here. And I’m so glad to see them when it seems that nothing could grow in 100+ temperatures with little moisture.
This was the way a White Gaura (Gaura lindeimeri) or Butterfly Gaura plant looked last year in the early summer. Notice how full it is with white flowers on the very tip of the branches.
Pure white delicate flowers constantly swaying.
At the other end of that same flower bed was a Pink Gaura. Both plants were a couple of years old last year.
Pink flowers with pink on the ends of the stamens.
This year the White Gaura is much smaller and the Pink one has disappeared all together. But several new Gauras sprang up in different places in that same flowerbed.
Now they all look like pink and white combinations.
The pinks are not as dark and the whites have a pink tint.
All these pictures are the result of me trying to get that perfect shot of a Viceroy butterfly with its wings open.
It didn’t happen, so I just kept snapping. With all the pollinators here, there are plenty of good shots for professional photographers in the yard. Just can’t quite pull it off.
Another plant that blooms at the end of long branches is Duranta (Duranta erecta ‘Sapphire Showers’). It is a beautiful jewel. This one is 8 years old and is very reliable.
It never blooms before late July or even into August, when the temperatures are consistently high. The plant dies down with the first frost and sends up new shoots from the woody base the next spring. The branches’ lengths reach 4 to 5 feet long.
This little girl and her bunny are 9 years old. When I bought her at a craft store, I wondered how long she would survive outdoors. Still looks sweet.
This is one of my favorite plants (aren’t they all?). The brilliant purple edged with white is so delicate looking.
Last winter I was concerned that it might not make it. But it helped that it was already established. Since Durantas are native to the tropical parts of the Americas, heavy mulch during winter is recommended for cooler zones.
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant. “ Robert Louis Stevenson