The sun is blazing, everyday, all day. It’s hot and it’ll be that way for a while. This gardener may be wilting, but her blooms are fresh and lovely. Here is a quick view of a few heat-lovers in my garden this mid-summer in Austin, Texas. Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for promoting this monthly bloom-palooza.
These daylilies that were pass-alongs to me many years ago are reliable June-July bloomers.
Double-blooms with a shorter scape than some other daylilies, I like them because they flower well in part shade.
My pond plants flower well year-round, but are in full bloom-mode during the hot months of summer. The native Pickerel Rush, Pontederia cordata, grows quickly and produces lovely spikes of blue.
It’s a flower that dragonflies, butterflies and bees regularly visit.
The Colorado pond lily, Waterlily Nymphaea ‘Colorado’ is a gorgeous lily for the pond garden.
As is another pond lily, the ‘Claude Ikins’ lily. It blooms in tandem with the ‘Colorado’ during the long growing season.
This particular specimen of Yellow Bells, Tecoma stans, blossoms earlier in the growing season than any other of this species in my gardens.
All of the Yellow Bells froze this past winter, so blossoms started a bit late this year.
A beautiful native tree, Retama, Parkinsonia aculeata, flowers throughout summer.
Each bloom has four yellow petals, with one orange/red petal. This is a very drought-tolerant small tree with few requirements from the gardener–except to enjoy.
Another great small native tree is the Desert Willow, Chilopsis linearis. Related to the Retama, it has an open, airy form with lush, trumpet-shaped flowers.
The Pride of Barbados or Dwarf Poinciana (which is what I grew up calling it), Caesalpinia pulcherrima, blooms magnificently in the hottest spots of any garden.
I have two of these beauties, neither of which grows in full sun. Each one produces 2 or 3 stalks with attendant flower clusters,
but the show is muted in comparison to Poinciana which grow in blasting sun. Those Poinciana develop multiple branches with masses of blossoms–like this one.
Wow!! That is an absolute showstopper! My bit-part Poinciana are nothing compared to this diva. This one (and a partner Poinciana) star in the full-sun garden of some lovely neighbors who live down the street.
I have Poinciana envy.
My Globe Mallow, Spaeralcea ambigua, sports blossoms this summer, which is unusual, but what a treat!
Typically, this woody shrub blooms in spring and fall, taking a rest during the heat of the summer months. Flowers this July are likely due to our earlier summer rains.
What’s blooming in your July garden? Share your bloom-palooza by visiting May Dreams Gardens for Bloggers’ Bloom Day!