These annuals are sometimes called Cape Marigold, Cape Daisy and Rain Daisy. With mild winters, African Daisies can perform as perennials. The spring flowers feature daisy-like blooms in shades from white to purple. It is important to plant where sun is ample to maximize blooming. There are related hybrids with orange and yellow flowers and the plants are closely related to Gazania. It helps to dead-head spent blooms for more flowering. African Daisies are readily propagated from seeds.
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.
Tiny clusters of flowers top this low growing annual. Alyssum grow readily and come back through self-sowing. They are effective as underplantings for rose gardens and mixed in with bulbs to obscure dried foliage after tulips and or other bulbs are spent. Alyssum can also be attractively used in rock gardens, between pavers and trailing in pots. If growth gets out of hand they are easily pulled. The flowers have a sweet fragrance. White and purple are the most common colors. Yellow, pink and cream colors can also be found and are less typical.
These thorny and woody vines can grow very tall when they have a support structure. They can also be trimmed as bushes. The leaves can be solid green or variegated. The actual flowers are small and white appearing in clusters of three. The flowers themselves are surrounded by brightly colored leaf bracts. Bougainvillea are a classic compliment to Mediterranean and Spanish Colonial architecture. They can be grown in loose forms or trained to a more formal habit.
These evergreen shrubs are native to California and tolerant of very little water in the summer. They work well in gardens as hedges and as a backdrop to lower plantings. California lilacs have small clusters of fragrant and attractive flowers in the spring. California lilacs can become quite large, growing to the height of a tree and expanding to a girth of five feet. Avoid planting California Lilac if you have a problem with deer.
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 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.