Spikes of flowers in mid-spring offer dramatic forms that resemble fireworks. The foliage retains a glossy appearance with little upkeep and water throughout the season. In some areas, blue agapanthus are so heavily used along highways that home gardeners eschew them as too common. In these cases, dwarf plants and those with white, dark purple or pink flowers bring an unexpected look. Agapanthus do well in partial shade to full sun in all but the hottest summer gardens.
This flowering annual is also known as a “Spider Plant”. Stunning blooms appear on tall spikes in clusters that reach 3-4′ in height and serve as dramatic garden focal points. Pink varieties include various shades from light tones to dark. As individual flower clusters fade long seed pods serve to add further garden interest. Attractive foliage features grouped leaflets. Grows well in partial or full sun. Occasional volunteers from will emerge in planted beds.
This showy summer blooming tree can be grown with a single trunk or multiple branching limbs. With pruning crape myrtles can retain a compact form and dwarf varieties can be used as shrubs. Newly transplanted trees require weekly watering but mature trees tolerate heat and drought conditions well. White blossoms can appear spent more quickly than pink and lavender varieties.
The many varieties of geranium differ in leaf and flower color. Long lasting late spring blooms are attractive but the fragrance does not appeal to most as a cut flower. While geranium varieties can be grown as perennials, the plants often become unattractively leggy over time. Given this, geranium may be best thought of as annuals when winters are cold or and summers extremely dry. New plants can be readily grown from cuttings. The plants are hardy but the plants do not do well in gardens with clay soil.
This slow growing tree rewards with a seemingly impossible number of long lasting lavender blooms in late spring with a second less prolific bloom in some regions in the fall. The fern-like leaves are also striking. One downside is the need to keep up with potentially messy leaf and bloom drop. Plant the Jacaranda where space for lateral and vertical growth. Jacaranda trees are susceptible to severe frost. Care needs to be taken to avoid excessive or improper pruning. It takes a number of years for the sapling to grow beyond a growth habit.
The trailing growth habit makes this flowering shrub appropriate for use as a ground cover while some variations are more upright. The fragrant blooms attract butterflies. Lantana blooms repeatedly with more abundant blooms when planted in full sun. Consideration should be given to lantana placement in the gardenscape as it can become invasive.
This fragrant shrub is found with many variations. Variations can be selected for the color of flowers, foliage and growing habit including some with more compact forms. Lavender flowers grow on spikes which attract bees. The flowers are often used in dried arrangements and the buds can be incorporated into sachets. Some gardeners prefer to replace lavender plants every few years as than can become rangy.
These large shrubs grow to 5 feet in height and they are nearly as wide. The flowers continue through an extended blooming season that is at its peak in the spring months. The plants require regular watering until they are established. It is great to provide deep watering while the root system is getting established. Following that, they are water efficient. The plants can become unruly unless pruned each year in the spring. Lilac hibiscus originally come from Australia where they are typically found in coastal regions.
This flowering annual features a spike of deep purple-blue or white blooms. While technically a perennial, salvia farinacae is best treated as an annual as the lower stems become woody and unattractive. These salvias can be used effectively in a mixed border and add some needed height when paired with low to the ground perennials. The deep coloration of the flowers are also a nice counterpoint when mixed with warm hued flowers. The flowers on white blooming varieties look spent more rapidly than the darker shades.