These are the only shrubs in my garden that look really good right now. I'm posting photos of them now, because by the time that Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day comes around, these blooms will be gone. Even the salvias are looking peaked; it'll be time for their summer pruning soon, to ensure a new round of blooms in the fall.
Known as "Barometer bush", Texas sage, or cenizo, Leucophyllum frutescens is picking up on a slight uptick in Austin's humidity this week. They're in bloom all over Austin. My little dwarf variety is in full bloom for the first time.
Esperanza (Tecoma stans) is full of yellow bells, but is already forming seed pods.
Other flowering plants going strong in Austin gardens:
Crape myrtle (Langerstroemia indica)
Flame acanthus (Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii)
Mexican oregano (Poliomintha longiflora)
Pride of Barbados (Caesalpinia pulcherrima)
Red yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora)
Retama (Parkinsonia aculeata)
Turk's cap (Malvaviscus arboreus)
What flowering plants are knocking your socks off in your garden this summer?
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