As the summer drags it feet and lingers, the sun bakes plants. And often there’s no relief of cooler temperatures at night. So it’s totally amazing that some plants do so well through our long, hot summers.
Our winter temperatures are too cold for them, and they don’t reseed. But they are drought tolerant, can take the sun, and last for months. The wind creates beautiful movement of their feathers. So I’m sold. Love them.
This particular bush is Brilliant Veranda by Kordes. In a picture, the sun fades out their startling bright color. This is a small bush that does well in containers and has been in a pot for two years.
I’ve gone rather ga-ga over roses. Can’t seem to get enough of them.
Caryopteris, Blue Mist Shrub, or Blue Beard (Caryopteris x clandonensis) is drought tolerant, is bothered by few pests, and is hardy enough to make it through our extremely low temperatures last winter. Cold hardy zones 5 – 9.
It’s obvious why it’s called Blue Mist Shrub because it looks so much like the Gregg’s Blue Mist flowers. Stats say it will remain a compact small shrub: 3 – 4 ft. wide and tall. So far, it’s been great.
It’s great to have plants that endure the summer heat. They provide a reason to go out into the sunlight.
“Well done is better than well said.” Benjamin Franklin