Sunday, July 10, 2011

Chartreuse and Purple: Strong Coolers for Summer

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.


  1. It looks nice and green! We are back in Washington State for the summer, but our neighbors on Lake Eufaula are also complaining about the hot and dry conditions.

  2. I remember the gulf muhlys when i lived in san antonio.

  3. Looks good, blooms are few here this time of the year too. We are receiving afternoon rain so that should help some.

  4. We hit our dry time too for the past two weeks. Temps are no where near the rest of the country but many plants are drooping. I like the yellows and purples in the garden, as they always add a shot of punch in the bright sunny landscape. Almost a slip here, they do look a little like Kool-Aid colors in my garden.

  5. Your garden is looking very good in spite of the dry weather. Strangely enough everything is looking fine here even though temperature has seldom been above 60f in the last ten days, with plenty rain and very little sunshine.

  6. Thank you, all of you. I should have waited until this morning after the lawn was mowed for a more park-like setting, lol.

  7. Love the pic of the three beds. Very colorful, hard working plants. I understand about humid yet dry!

  8. Nell, I think things are looking very good in this heat and humidity.

    Afternoon rains, afternoon rains....what is that? We are very lacking in the rain department these days.


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