Some plants thrive in this crazy heat and don’t even bloom until July or August when the furnace heat waves hit.
Duranta (Duranta erecta), with its long, draping branches, starts to flower the latter part of July. In this picture, Duranta is flanked by Bird of Paradise, one old and one coming up from the roots of the original tree.
A sprawling shrub, Duranta has clusters of delicate purple flowers near the ends of the branches.
The common name Crossvine comes from the cross-shaped pattern seen when the stem is cut.
The individual flowers look like Foxglove, but are much hardier here. When I bought this at a club plant sale, I was warned that it was aggressive. That was a few years ago. It has spread some, but I’m enjoying the forms and color.
My favorite thing about Gray Santolina (Santolina chamaecyparissus) is its soft texture. The common name Lavender Cotton makes no sense to me. It’s an evergreen mounding ground cover that reaches about two feet tall and three feet wide. Santolina is native to the Mediterranean area of Europe and Africa.
This picture was taken in early June, so the yellow flowers have since died. But the overall low growing shrub gets a jolt of growth during the late spring and early summer weather. The only complaint I have is that when it blooms, the plant seems to get more misshapen.
So glad that these plants and some others do well in this desert-like heat. This year, so far, we’ve had 13 inches of rain.
“One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.” A.A. Milne