Kicking off the festivities with a first-time bloomer and current favorite plant Heartleaf Rosemallow (Hibiscus martianus). I purchased this native hibiscus from Medina Garden Nursery about 18 months ago and the deer loved to eat the buds (but not the plant) so it never bloomed until we fenced the deer out.
Mr. Moy rose, a gift from my friend Melody and tribute to a great plantsman who developed so many wonderful plants for our climate. If you are not familiar with Mr. Moy's amazing story click the link to learn more.
Aniscanthus Wrightii or Flame Acanthus attracts hummingbirds and blooms continuously throughout the hottest, driest summer.
Bat-faced cuphea is a charmer with its little bat faces.
Hopi Red Amaranth another deer favorite that gets to full bloom now that we have a fence.
White Plumbago which works so well in the front garden. Visitors often mention the white and silver combination is calming.
Keeping on theme the front garden beds are lined with white caladiums this summer. Love how this turned out and already plan to repeat this next year.
Reliable year-round sun lover is Blackfoot Daisy (Melapodium leucanthum) which has been struggling a bit with all our rain.
Blooms on the Lemonquat. Lemonquat? Yes, a special citrus tree developed for our long dry summers punctuated with the occasional winter deep freeze. The fruit is a good lemon substitute.
Phalaeonopsis orchid on its second rebloom. A rescue plant originally dyed pink stuck on the clearance rack at Lowe's in a planter with no drainage. The indignity of it all is forgotten now.
Duranta 'Sapphire Showers' showing off big time this year.
A Texas Bluebonnet bravely blooming into summer
The growing collection of blue bottles in the garden!
We'll enjoy fireworks courtesy of a nearby church from our back deck again this year.