Unnamed Hibiscus shared as a passalong plant is gorgeous and will be stashed in the garage when the weather turns colder (eventually).
Ruellia brittoniana or Mexican Petunia are reliable bloomers most of the year. They prefer sun, shade, cold, wet, dry--in other words they never complain about whatever is thrown at them! They are prolific spreaders and the deer love them. This works out well to keep the deer away from other more delicate plants.
Caesalpinia mexicana or Mexican Bird of Paradise still producing bright yellow blooms.
Lantana, bright orange and yellow mixed with fuschia flowers. I've not seen another like it.
Lantana 'Bandana' is bright red.
Very unusual Justicia carnea or pink shrimp plant is new in the garden and I would love to see it spread as most shrimp plants do.
Justicia brandegeana 'Fruit Cocktail' shrimp plant.
Looking good now that the deer have been fenced out and I see I'll need to start leaving more room for plants like this.
Mr. Moy Rose, perfect for December
Rose 'Deja Blue' is a nicely behaved container rose.
I seem to be amassing quite a Bougainvillea collection from neighbors and friends who have moved or find them difficult.
Bougainvillea must be protected from frost which can make it a pain to carry them in and out of the garage. This year has been warm and I've simply covered them in place during the one cold night we've had so far.
Tropical Orange Bougainvillea
All blooms, no leaves, interesting effect.
I'm becoming a fan of woody lilies like Cryptbergia 'Red Burst' acquired this summer and blooming already. A member of the bromeliad family, it's a cross between Bilbergia nutans and Cryptanthus. Hardy to 26 degrees F, I simply cover it when a freeze is expected.
Gulf Muhly (Muhlenbergia capillaris) just now sending up cotton candy tufts about six weeks later than usual.
Brugmansia 'Daybreak' responding to cool, cloudy days.
In my Zone 8B garden Brugmansia are planted outside in a protected area. Those exposed to northerly winds have succumbed to our occasional deep freezes over the years.
Because it is December I just have to include our native Christmas Poinsettia (Euphorbia cythophora). The top was nipped by frost before I got a good photo but I thought you would enjoy seeing it anyway. Not nearly as showy as the imported hybrids, I like leaf shapes and subtly colored bracts.
It is a reseeding annual that I've planted it in a good spot so looking for more next year.
Happy Holidays and be sure to check out more blooms hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.