While today may be the autumnal equinox, it remains hot and humid here in Central Texas. A wet and (for Texas) mild August lulled me into stupidly thinking that summer 2016 had breathed its last hot breath. During this past week, summer returned with a fry-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk-it’s-so-hot reminder that summer is not done with us yet. While it’s been toasty, some of my hot season blooming favorites are now showing off their cooling foliage.
This lush group of perennials soothes my perspiring brow.
This group includes Garlic chives, Allium tuberosum, Branched foldwing, Dicliptera brachiata, Drummond’s ruellia, Ruellia drummondiana, Katie’s Dwarf Ruellia, Ruellia britttoniana ‘Katie’s Dwarf’, and Gulf penstemon, Penstemon tenuis. .
There are some blooms flowering on these perennials.
Except for the spring blooming/summer seeding Gulf penstemon, all of these plants flower prolifically in July and August, slowing, but not ending, flower production during September and October.
The green onion-like foliage of Garlic chives pairs nicely with the full-leafed Drummond’s ruellia,
…and mixes it up well with the petite leaves of the Branched foldwing.
This particular group of Garlic chives hasn’t bloomed this year, but I appreciate their slender leaves mingling with other foliage nearby.
Throughout the warm months, there are always Texas Crescent butterflies, Anthanassa texana flitting in my garden. Host plants for this little cutey insect are those in the Acanthus family, like this Drummond’s ruellia, whose leaf serves as a resting spot for this Texas Crescent.
Cooler weather is on its way in the next few days–the first cool front of the season!
I’m thanking Christina and her lovely Creating my own garden of the Hesperides for hosting Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day. Check out her blog for foliage from many gardens and from many places, and then share your own leafy loveliness.