It’s still hot. It’s still dry. It’s still hot. It’s still dry. The summer merry-go-round keeps circling around and around.
So how could any plant survive this?
Some plants actually live and bloom better in the heat, like this Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis paniculata). The foliage is green most of the year. But it’s flowering performance with its strong sweet smell comes in the hottest part of summer – mid August into September.
One warning: prune it back to the ground by the beginning of spring, or it will be so heavy, it will tumble down and bring the trellis with it. The optimum time is early winter.
This lovely plant is new to me this year. Although I can’t find the tag, I think it is Rose Globe Amaranth (Gomphrena Globosa). The leaves are wider than other gomphrenas, and it grows in a rounded mound.
Strawberry Field Gomphrena (Gomphrena haageana) are individual plants with a bright red ball at the top of each stem. They reseed so freely that just a few can guarantee many flowers for years to come.
Celosia is a large plant family that includes several annuals, such Cockscomb. This one is Flamingo Feather (Celosia spicata). All celosias do well in the heat. The trick is to save their seeds. I’m hoping to do that with this plant.
A favorite in Texas is Pride of Barbados (Caesalpinia pulcherrima). There’s no question that it’s a stunner. But the problem is that it isn’t cold hardy here. So it has to be brought inside for the winter. That’s possible for a few years before it gets too large.
So I’ll just enjoy it for now.
Sometimes, I think my love of plants is madness.
Of course, the very best plants for any region are the native ones. If they grow in a field with no supplemental water, that is a dead give away that they’re perfect for the area. Snow on the Mountain (Euphorbia marginata) forms large colonies in the dry fields.
“To find some who will love you for no reason, and to shower that person with reasons, this is the ultimate happiness.” Robert Brault