Recently planted Phygelius is producing new flowers, not-yet-blooming Cosmos on either side.
I've planted a few six-packs of annuals that will hopefully survive: Gomphrena 'Fireworks', white Cosmos, yellow Gaillardias.
That's a rabbit guard. 'Fireworks' nearly got eaten:
The four baby Echnopsis that produce just a bud or two each, means each flower is still an event.
'Charlemagne' second flower. The first one fell off as it opened, so I propped up the second with a perfectly sized Agave offset.
He gets by with a little help from his friends. As do we all.
An accidentally produced pleasing combination of colors here, unfortunately in the area with a painfully clashing red-foliaged Acer palmatum, so this all needs to move come winter.
First Dahlia of the year! Just the start, and one of the few consolations of summer.
This little Fuchsia survived a move. Time to stop moving. Most plants don't survive a summer move, and the mover doesn't have any fun.
This fuchsia also survived moving. It was a split-off from the first. There's also a new 'Mr Ripple' Agave, a garden-buddy gift, waiting in the shade for a spot. Can you wait until October?
The other 'Mr. Ripple', miserable in a pot, has taken hold on the front slope where Yucca linearfolia died. New growth, looking good. A larger Agave, it will need all that space around it:
Speaking of Agave size, an aside. We saw happy, maturing 'Mateo's at the size of the road recently. It's a much larger Agave than I thought. These are over 3' (1 M) high and wide:
Back at home. This next area, formerly a lawn, where I hoped to put a hummingbird luring fountain, has become the "mostly magenta bed", with 'Darcy Bussel', 'Rouge Royale', and 'Munstead Wood' roses, Phygelius, 'Wendy's Wish' Salvia, Echeveria 'Ruby Slippers', Coprosma 'Pacific Sunset', 'Bourbon' Clematis, Scabiosa 'Black Pom Pom' and several Hemerocallis eyes providing a range of magentas. Other stuff ended up there, too. Lavender-blue Salvia 'Blue Hill, lavender-blue Clematis 'Perle d'Azur', lavender-blue Geranium 'Rozanne'. Sure don't miss the lawn. A fountain would be nice, though.
That is 1 happy Salvia 'Blue Hill'. The plant is 10 years old, spreads from a 10" base to a carpet 3' across, has been in several other locations over the years, has been split to produce new plants, and still blooms like crazy from April to Halloween. What would we do if every plant was this good?
Another former lawn area becoming stuffed with flowers. What can I say? I like flowers...
...flowers such as Sweet Peas, which will die when the heat arrives on Friday. They are already mildewing, the sign of their end. I enjoy the lavender-blue of them with the lavender-grey Echeveria. And come to think of it, they are both frilly.
Note for the official record that the solitary Agastache success here has been 'Blue Fortune'. Every other one has quickly died without my help. 'Blue Fortune', in contrast, is returning for a second year that looks to be as fabulous as the first.
New plant, Buddleia 'Buzz Midnight', to attract more butterflies. This is intended to be an annual, to be tossed in the fall when it looks so dreadful it won't ping the conscience to toss it. I had mistakenly thought this is one of the new sterile dwarf cultivars, but unfortunately it is not, so prompt deadheading required. The color may be too dour to attract butterflies. Oh well, it was on sale.