Bright pink gaura and hot pink sedum. Wandflower and stonecrop.
|Gaura lindheimeri 'Siskiyou Pink'|
Sedum spurium 'Red Carpet'
Last year I put two wandflower plants along the dry, south facing, impossibly hot and sunny front walk, and they were pretty there all last summer.
Unbelievably, they came back this year. For years guaras performed like annuals for me. I got one season of blooms, and never saw the plants the following year. So I would re-buy and plant anew each spring.
Last year was the first time I tried them in this narrow, sandy, dry, hot strip along the garage wall, and this year is the first time I have seen them return from winter.
They like it here.
The sedum does too. It's a groundcover spreading sedum and I planted it for the deep wine colored foliage. I did not know it would flower profusely in a saturated hot pink at the same time as the pink guara above it. It likes the hot white cement walk, and spreads itself over it with glee.
The delicate wand flowers fall on top of a green bun of heath (Erica) below them, and it makes it appear as though the heath has tiny pink blooms. But those are just the fallen flower petals from above. When it blooms in March, heath actually has little pink flowers for real, and they look just like this. I did a double take when I saw what I thought were heath flowers in mid summer.
|Erica darleyensis 'Ghost Hills' with spent gaura blossoms|
I have to say I love the complexity of this combination of pink and green and wine red that welcomes you along the walk to the front door. It's actually serene as early evening ends a hot summer day.
Guess who else likes it hot and dry.
|Tropaeolum majus 'Gleam'|
The flowers emerge a soft apricot streaked with orange markings, then deepen to a hot salsa color.
In the past I have grown 'Empress of India' which is a deep red nasturtium, and I have had 'Alaska Mix' which is multi colored with variegated cream-streaked leaves.
I even have a pale yellow climbing nasturtium called 'Moonlight' that is subtle, if that can ever be said about a nasturtium.
They all have big round leaves that are tasty in a salad -- peppery and slightly spicy.
Hot and dry, pink and orange.
These plants are happy in my summer-stressed garden.
They are doing their best to get me through the miserable days of drought and high temperatures.