Favorites of August 2017
There is never a doubt about August favorites: they are the ones that can withstand August heat. Lagerstroemia 'Dynamite' has been an August favorite for years.
Last summer the smaller of the two appeared extremely drought stressed. I gave it about half of the rain water collected over the winter--hundreds of gallons--and it looks much stronger this year.
The two young Lagerstroema 'Ebony Embers' (aka 'Black Diamond Red Hot') are both producing a few flowers. The one planted in 2015 is over 6' tall now while the one planted in 2016 is almost 5'.
Another favorite is not a plant. It's an insecticide: Spinosad, which enabled me to have beautiful roses this summer. Last summer the flowers were devastated by Chili Thrips. I carefully spray just the emerging new growth tips after the pollinators are gone for the night, and only the unopened flower buds.
I moved 'Matilda' to a new location this past winter. She's happy in her new location.
'Cafe au Lait'