As the summer draws near to the end of the Dog Days of August, most eastern and Midwestern gardeners are gearing up for the fall with a wonderful variety of plants to herald in the cooler weather and showy displays of color. Western gardeners, alas, have another month to go in the 3 digit temperatures as The Dogs Days of summer drag on to their delirious end. On the other hand, as we see the temps dropping ever so slightly the plants recognize this change and are waiting with their heads held high for their most glorious blooming period, enter the Fall. I have taken pictures of the sturdy plants still blooming and living despite the summer long intense heat. God Bless those hardy roses.
There is not another plant I know of that will bloom in the hot August sun like a zinnia. They hold there little faces toward the sun and cheerfully bask in it’s glorious heat. Notice the little varmint on this one?
The red roses I have (7) seem to not mind the heat, they bloom regardless, that goodness for the roses, when everything else stops blooming they take up the sword and march on.
This particular zinnia likes to look at itself in the small fish pond. The flowers just seem drawn to the water.
I grow my “love lies bleeding” plant into tree forms. Growing love lies bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus) can provide an unusual, eye catching specimen in garden beds or borders. Drooping panicles of deep red to crimson purple appear as the love lies bleeding flower blooms in summer. The love lies bleeding flower, also called tassel flower, and is an interesting way to utilize open space without a perennial commitment. The panicle on this plant looks like an elephant truck, very unusual.
Sheer Bliss (HT) and Great Century (HT)
Double Delight (HT) and Brandy (HT) and gillardia mix
Lady Jane Gray and Frederick Mistral (Romantica Series)
Purple and Yellow Zinnia are my favorite combinations
The ever faithful and ever producing Nicotania and coneflower, 2 self-sowers
What would a summer garden be without a melon patch, even here in Las Vegas we can grow a bumper crop, these are self-sowers, I never know where they are going to pop up.
Lantanas, the staple of most western gardens because of it’s heat loving endurance and abundant flowers