The title, Heat Lovers, refers to plants, definitely not me.
Designated a Texas Superstar Plant, the Texas Star Hibiscus, doesn’t look like a hibiscus.
It has not been a heavy bloomer for me, but the flowers are unique.
To me, the only reason to plant Gregg’s Bluemist Flower (Conoclinium Greggii A. Gray) is to attract butterflies. These are truly covered from late spring to late fall with Viceroys.
The Bluemist has spread into Red Yuccas with sharp spikes.
Bluemist flowers are small and not that noticeable or impressive. The purple flowers to the right are a few larkspurs hanging on.
On the porch that provides indirect light, A Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii) has outgrown its container. That should be fun to transplant.
It was a pass along plant, and I’ve started several other pots from this plant. Color of the flowers is so pretty.
Ice plant has been in this pot for years.
A Bubba Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis ‘Bubba’) that is a couple of years old has gorgeous blooms.
This will grow into a tree with several trunks that arch out from the center.
Clammy Weed (Polanisia dodecandra) is a wildflower that came from the same lady who gave me the Crown of Thorns. The seeds are carried by the wind, so it comes up in unexpected places.
Rose of Sharon Hibiscus (Hibiscus syriacus) must be watered regularly to bloom. But it is so worth it. The other bush with red blooms is Dynamite Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia Indica ‘Dynamite’). Both of these bushes are about 10 years old..
Love Texas Bluebells (Eustoma exaltatum (L.) Salisb. Ex G. Don SSP Russellianum) and Strawberry Gompheras (Gomphrena haageana ‘Strawberry Fields’) and Coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea).
One of my favorite flowering bushes, Duranta doesn’t begin to bloom until mid July when the temps rev up.
It is in the verbena family. The clusters of tiny flowers are breathtaking.
Although Duranta does well in our hot, hot summers, it is iffy in cold weather. Mine is on the east side of the house, so it gets morning sun and no direct northern winds. A heavy mulch when it starts to get cold protects the roots. So it’s a great plant if you have just the right place for it.
Recently we bought three new Crape Myrtles from a guy attending a gardening seminar. He said that they are a new type called ‘Alamo Fire’ Red Crepe Myrtle and will grow to 10 – 12 feet tall.
Love the color of the flowers and that they have been blooming since they were planted.
Right after these pictures were taken, some of the branches were broken off and the flowers eaten. Jackrabbits, I think. Grrr! So I put cages around them to protect them.
“… it looks to me like the upcoming U.S. presidential election will force Americans, to paraphrase the great American writer Gore Vidal, to cast their ballot against the evil of two lessers.” Ted Woloshyn