A handful of unexpected but welcome July showers triggered many of the drought-resistant perennials to burst into bloom, like this Texas sage (Leucophyllum frutescens). We got rain nearly every week in July, totaling more than 5 inches for the month.
Although some plants are not in bloom, their foliage provides texture and color. Clockwise from upper left: Mexican Bird of Paradise (Caesalphinia mexicana), gray globemallow (Sphaeralcea incana), Texas lantana (Lantana urticoides), Mexican feathergrass (Nassella tenuissima).
Counterclockwise from bottom left: yellow zexmenia (Wedelia texana), blue-green gopher plant (Euphorbia rigida), and purple trailing lantana (L. montevidensis). The spots of red are rock (or cut-leaf) penstemon (P. baccharifolius) while the pink is Salvia greggii.
Some of the salvias hadn't had their mid-summer haircut before the rains, and look rather woody, but the trims will have to wait until these blooms fade. I think the bees appreciate the reprieve. This variety of S. greggii is called 'Lipstick'.
Front to back: White autumn sage (S. greggii), , blue plumbago (P. auriculata), yellow bells or esperanza (Tecoma stans).
What's happening in your garden this summer? Leave a comment and let me know!
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