Already 5' tall, Duranta is blooming with the Crapes.
This is the only Duranta shrub blooming so far. Four cuttings rooted last summer are in bud.
I plan to root more for a hanging basket for the winter. Duranta bloomed indoors the first year I had it.
Another purple favorite, Strobilanthes or Persian Shield,
here with lavender Pentas.
Persian Shield also dies to the ground at frost.
I have cuttings coming on to keep inside where they may
have little blue conehead blossoms in winter.
Butterflies are finding magenta Pentas.
Pentas are another plant that may return but I take cuttings
because if happy, they will bloom indoors this winter.
Hibiscus syriacus, known to us as Althea.
You may know it as Rose of Sharon.
I have just the one plant, but it comes in lovely colors and
roots easily. It would make a nice deciduous hedge.
It only takes one Reine des Violettes rose to perfume the air.
Here it is backed by pink Crape Myrtle.
Gardenias are more or less done blooming this summer.
I caught the fragrance before I saw the flower.
They've had lots of yellow leaves because of drought.
I'm always wondering what will bloom for Bloom Day, which is near.
There is always a blossom somewhere.
There are some really gaudy show-offs in the Upper Garden.