Summertime temperatures bring a riot of color to my desert garden and my plants are growing larger and larger. The combination of warm (okay, hot) temperatures and summer rains means that my garden is going crazy with growth and blooms.
As I walked around the garden taking pictures, I came away with photos of a large number of yellow flowering plants, some recent transplants, and a couple of plants who normally do not flower this time of year (I must have neglected to tell them when they are normally supposed to flower 😉
Arizona Yellow Bells (Tecoma stans)This shrub has now reached a height of 9 ft. I will prune it back by about 1/3 in early September.
A few flowers are still blooming on my Globe Mallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua) even though it is not their typical bloom season.
I just love the sunny faces of my Desert Marigold (Baileya multiradiata), which are a perennial that is sometimes treated as an annual.
I haven’t shown this plant before, but I do love my Eremophila x Summertime Blue.
They flower off an on throughout the year and I like their bell-shaped flowers.
I transplanted this shrub back in March in order to make room for my vegetable garden. Thankfully, they survived and now beginning to thrive again.
This pretty little perennial is underused in the landscape in my opinion.
I love how the spent blooms of my Paperflower (Psilostrophe cooperi) have a ‘papery’ texture, hence the origin of the common name.
I must admit that this picture of a cluster of Orange Jubilee flowers (Tecoma x Orange Jubilee) is not from my garden, but from the garden of my mother and sister.
However, in my defense….I did design their garden and I do have the same type of plant in my garden, but my flowers do not look as nice as theirs do 😉
I love the tiny clusters of flowers of my Goodding’s Verbena (Glandularia gooddingii).
This one sits in the shade provided by my Green Desert Spoon.
An all yellow variety of Red Bird-of-Paradise (Caesalpinia pulcherrima ‘Phoenix Bird’) proudly shows off it’s flowers in my front garden.
These flowers are not normally found in August, but someone neglected to tell my Desert Museum Palo Verde tree that it can stop flowering now.
All over the Arizona desert, different types of Sages are blooming in response to the summer heat and humidity from our monsoon season. My Rio Bravo Sage are no exception 🙂
The flowers of my Rio Bravo Sage (Leucophyllum langmaniae ‘Rio Bravo’) have a light fragrance which just makes this flowering shrub even better.
What is blooming in your garden this month?
To see more blooming gardens, please visit May Dreams Gardens who hosts Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day each month.
I wanted to thank you all again for your wonderful comments in regards to Gracie’s story. I promise I will post the third and last installment in a few days 🙂Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a author, horticulturist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."