Spiky Plants Plus Some Softer Ones

I’m not a big fan of gardens with only a few colors and shapes.  Variety and surprise is what intrigues me.

The first time I saw Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) in the high desert around Santa Fe, I wanted to try that plant here.  Russian Sage has not disappointed.  Heat and sun make it thrive and spread.

Yes, it does get supplemental water, which boosts growth.  Bees love it.

This year I remembered to plant a couple of Dill plants (Anethum graveolens) to feed Black Swallowtail caterpillars.  They are annuals and the caterpillars usually eat them to the ground.  But oh, what beautiful butterflies are the results.

The flowers of Vitex are spiky, standing upright on the bush.  Vitex’s origins in Mediterranean and western Asia make it a good plant for the Texas climate.

Bees humming and butterflies darting around draws me close to enjoy the sights and sounds.

Daylilies are still blooming.

Flowers are a balm to my soul.

Golden Rod (Solidago sphacelata Golden Fleece) is not the culprit that causes allergies.  Ragweed spreads its pollen by the wind.  But Golden Rod is pollinated by insects.  So Ragweed’s pollen dispersed in the air is what causes the allergy problems.

This is a dwarf Golden Fleece Goldenrod.  When paired with bright Zinnias, they create a great composition.

 

 

The bright colored balls of Globe Amaranth contains hundreds of seeds.  At the end of fall, the flowers die, and the seeds are spread by the wind.  I love them and don’t mind that they appear in multiple places each spring.

What a beautiful, soft color.

Agastache is another great pollinator plant.

The flowers on the spikes are a light lavender.

These Ornamental Onions have an unusual shape with their clusters of tiny onions on a tall stem.  We have dug out the plants trying to get rid of the native Bermuda Grass.  Obviously, the grass has deep roots and returns each year.  So we’ve thrown in the towel on this project.

Different sizes and shapes of leaves in a garden also add interest.  Cannas may be common place, but their reliability makes me love them.  Plus, there are a few different flower colors available.

Creating a garden is like decorating a house.  There are many different styles and personal preferences.  I don’t think people should be confined by fads or the opinions of experts.  Just have fun and enjoy your own space.

“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people that they don’t like.”  Will Rogers

2 thoughts on “Spiky Plants Plus Some Softer Ones

  1. I enjoyed seeing your pretty flowers! I have a few in bloom now but I’ve not been deligent in taking care of them this year.

    I hope you and your family are doing well this summer.

    • Good to hear from you. In the yard, we’re still recovering from the winter. It does get harder to weed each year.
      This year we also had a lot of dead wood to cut out. Stamina just isn’t what it used to be.
      Everything else is okay. Hope you and your family are well.

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