Except for tithonia and an occasional daylily, most of the oranges are gone from the front garden. Yellow roses and a few yellow and white companions persist in the background. I'm pulling rudbeckia as they fade. Mostly fuchsia Madagascar periwinkles are taking their place. You may know them as Vinca. Pulling Black eyed Susans bring the vinca seeds to the top where they quickly germinate in hot soil.
Purple and Chartreuse with a lingering Rudbeckia.
Yellow Daylilies behind have finished bloom.
Purple and Chartreuse with a
self-planted Melampodium which
literally came up blooming.
Chartreuse Alternanthera and Purple Heart Setcreasea front where
Rudbeckia were pulled. Purple Daturas are coming on.
Salvia leucantha will bloom purple in the fall. Duranta in the background
has scattered blooms. Lilacina Crape Myrtle is in full summer bloom.
At left is the bed above, fronted with lavender Lantana monevidensis.
Center bed has yellow Lantana with chartreuse Alternanthera in the 2 pics below.
Alternanthera and Verbena on a Stick.
V. bonariensis is hard to photograph.
Bed on the right has one Crape Myrtle, younger than the others.
Duranta is tall and leggy beside it with melampodium and
petunias in front. Mexican Hats and lavender Lantana behind.
Tithonia in the rear for butterflies.
Leggy Duranta needs a haircut when it starts blooming well.
The view from the side includes Gulf Muhly grass, to bloom in fall.
Ratibida in this bed needs pulling to let the Lantana grow.
Butterflies are not attracted to Ratibida nor to Melampodium.
They do enjoy the Tithonia, Lantana and Duranta.
Melampodium and Setcreasea with a
Zinnia bud between.
July can be a difficult month here. Dry and humid sounds like an oxymoron.
We get enough afternoon showers to keep the air humid while the ground dries out.