Peppers are great to grow. They need little water and produce big peppers and an interesting addition directly grown mixed in a perennial garden.
Snap dragons are a new addition for me this year. They were a last minute addition and I had no idea of what color they would flower. It was a nice surprise to see the peach, pink and yellow flowers that complimented the rest of the blues and purples around them.
Snap dragon, Lavender, Beautyberry co-mingling
Lavender was another new addition for me. Though not perennial, the punch of deep purple color that this plant added near the bird bath was just the right thing. On a side note, the bird bath had far more insect visitors this year during the drought than birds. Though on occasion I found a large variety of bird species taking turns drinking and bathing. I filled the bird bath daily during the summer.
|Lavender in front of a bird bath|
I am such a fan of the onslaught of Coleus on the market. I like growing red and pink varieties of Coleus because it looks like a flowering bush that lasts all season long. No deadheading necessary. If the plant becomes too large for the space, just pinch off the offending branch. I can also set my 5 year old free to cut them fairly harshly and not worry about it dying. Coleus in a nutshell is durable and fun.
This little rose plant (Oso Easy® Cherry Pie Rose) is compact, heavily covered in flowers, disease resistant and happy. It holds up well to its name. It bloomed all season long and didn't seem to suffer from the harsh summer conditions.
Oso Easy® Cherry Pie
Blackberry lily (Belamcanda chinensis)