It has been a while since I have looked at my garden…I mean really looked at it and soaked it all in. Today was the day to take a break from our Canadian company and bond with my garden again…I missed it!My creeping germander (Teucrium crossonii) is still flowering ….despite all the c-c-c-COLD nights! The tight silvery carpet is so sparkly.How cute are these dainty soft lavender/blue’ish flowers on my R. officinalis ‘Hill Hardy’? This is the first time they have bloomed since I planted them last January and I am elated.Despite most of my purple lantana being frozen back, I still have quite a few flowers. I kind of like the dark purple color of the cold damaged foliage too. It fits right in with my front purple/silver garden. Salvia discolor (Andean silver-leaf sage)is blooming with wild abandon. This plant has gone through an incredible growth spurt the last 2 months. I moved it this fall from full sun to a location under the Mountain Laurel where it gets afternoon relief. It is so much happier. I am learning more and more that just because a plant is a full sun plant it does not necessarily mean it can take FULL TEXAS SUN in your garden. I can’t decide which I love more…the incredibly silver, almost white foliage…or those purply-black blooms! I have a few Salvia Leucantha straggler blooms…as well as a few Salvia greggi ‘purple’ flowers (which is more of a pink if you ask me).I have saved the best for last!This sage…which I think is Salvia greggii ‘Navajo Dark Purple’, blooms more and more the colder it gets. Interesting since my Salvia greggii ‘ Purple’ has pretty much finished its fall bloom. Look at all the buds still waiting to open…this plant is a powerhouse and appears to be a must for winter color as well as nectar/food for wildlife. I thought it bloomed well a couple months ago, but then it got cold and frosty and just look at it!
For more beautiful blooms head over to see Carol at May Dreams Gardens…
- Posted in: Front Garden - year 2 ♦ GBBD
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You’ve got a lot of things blooming in the middle of winter. LOVE the Salvia greggii ‘Navajo Dark Purple. What a scene stealer! I have one female Rufous hummingbird that is visiting my feeder. Bet she would love this salvia. I need to plant some:)
I have seen both butterflies and hummingbirds on this plant a lot lately. I am happy to have it for them. If you ever want some I’d be happy to share (just tell me how to collect seeds or divide it if you know and I will). You are in SA right? -xericstyle
I absolutely agree that plants described in some books as requiring full sun (most probably a UK written book) actually often need part shade here in Italy and the same with you in Texas. Salvias especially seem to need more water than you are told. I love your creeping Teucrium, I must try to find one for here. Christina
SOOOOOOOOOoooooo much to learn from books and online…yet possibly even more to learn by trial and error I am finding too. It never stops, eh? :) – xericstyle
Lingering blooms into the winter are often the prettiest.
Thanks for stopping by Nell Jean :) I totally agree! We appreciate those blooms that much more… -xericstyle