Jatropha integerrima grows as 8' trees here. In summer they are full of red blooms offering plenty of goodies for the butterflies.
Princess Flower, Tibouchina... one of my favorite summer blooms.
It was rainy all day yesterday and today so my photos are drippy wet for the most part. I took a couple of photos earlier this week I'm including in my August Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.
Other than the colorful and prolific caladiums we are dependent upon for spicing up the summer garden, August is typically a stressful month for flowers in my Florida garden. The long days with high temps and extraordinary humidity coupled with intermittent rainstorms leaves tender flowers wondering what to do.
Looking around the garden for blooms it was thought to share for the most part what has recently started blooming. There are some standards thrown in as well if they have proven to be a good summer bloomer and not shown recently on this blog. As my camera made its way around the garden it was finding more than I initially imagined would be available to share.
Impatiens are a staple all year round at Hoe & Shovel. Almost all of them coming up from self-seeding. This deep pink is one of my favorites. Every imaginable color pops up here and there. This summer they have managed to not get as leggy requiring a good pruning ... I'm supposing due to ample rain this month.
Mona Lavender, Plectranthus in container pots continues to bloom all summer when trimmed up at the tips regularly.
Common Periwinkle, Vinca Minor: I haven't planted these in at least ten years. The seeds must be very strong because these sweet little hardy annuals show up every August without fail.
Hibiscus blooms all summer but since I haven't featured it yet this summer it is included here. Not my favorite color but it was a gift.
Oooooh... speaking of gifts. I just had to share the blue ginger beginning to flower. Afterall it may not last until next month. My neighbor gave me one stalk last year. It has bushed out nicely after getting frosted by our one freezing night last winter and just this week pushed out its purply blue buds.
A lone day lily decided to reappear this week. It's a bright spot among the greenery of lily of the nile and other day lilies long finished blooming.
Fire bush is a summer bloomer. I planted two of these last fall for the first time. Had to cut them to the ground after the freeze but now they are attracting butterflies galore.
Blue Porterweed is a subtle beauty perennial... a new plant for me this year. It is a butterfly attracter (especially zebra longwings) so I thought it a needful addition. It is shown here in the north garden behind the butterfly bush (I'm now training the butterfly as a single stalk like I learned from Frances- thanks, Frances, for the superb idea) and next to the yellow bush daisy. I've put porterweed in several places throughout the garden.
I'm so happy with this new-to-me color of lantana. It is by far the hardiest of all spreading out over 5 feet wide and in the sunny spot of the SE corner it serves up nectar for all sorts of butterflies and bees.
Lastly, summer would not be summer in Florida without the deep blue flowering shrub of Leadwort; Hardy Plumbago. Two large groupings of these plants are flourishing in the back gardens where there is plenty of room for their bushy habits in August. The butterflies love them and so do I for their faithful display in the hottest time of the year.
Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for creating Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. My, how the participation has increased since I first joined in the excitement last year. It is really fun to go visit as many blogs as possible to see what's growing in other gardens.