The Earth-Kind® WaterWise Demonstration Garden is blooming even through August.
Fourteen out of twenty days in August have been over 100°. To maximize our water usage, we have set up drip irrigation in all our beds and we water this garden and others with rainwater harvested from our large shed with 5,000 square feet of metal roofing. Usually we don’t get enough rain for our drip system in the latter part of summer and have to revert to city water, but last week we had about 4 inches of rain at the garden! What didn’t go into our two 2500 gallon cisterns swished into our rain garden for more capture.
Most of these pictures were taken from our newly planted Color Wheel garden. Link back to the * July Bloom report so that you also know what was blooming in August in the rest of our gardens. Combine these plant lists to keep your garden flourishing through the summer.
Read the list of blooms clockwise from the large, top left picture.
1. Pink Gomphrena and Cuphea 2. Gomphrena Fireworks, Gomphrena globosa ‘Fireworks’ 3. Periwinkle-Cora Vinca blackberry, Catharanthus roseus 4. Hot Pink Moss Rose Portulaca olerancea ‘Samba Hot Pink’ 5. Jewels of Opar, Talinum paniculatum 6. Moss Rose, Portulaca olerancea 7. Trailing Lantana, Lantana montevidensis 8. Yellow Zinnia
1. White Lantana and white coneflower 2. Orange Zinnia 3. Mexican Petunia-Lavendar, Ruellia brittonia 4. Lafter, Buck Rose 5. Mexican Bush Sage, Salvia leucantha 6. Orange Lantana, Lantana horrida (camara) 7. Bell Flower, Campanula rotundifolia 8. Gregg’s Mist Flower, Eupatorium greggii
1. Salvia coccineas with Cora Vinca 2. Pink gomphrena, Gomphreana globosa 3. 4. Red Gomphrena, Gomphrena aageana ‘Strawberry Fields’ 5. Summer Poinsettia or Mexican Fire Plant, Euphorbia cyathophora 7. Sunflower, Helianthus annus
1. Mexican Honeysuckle, Justica spicigera 2. Pearlie Mae, Buck Rose 3. Onion Chives 4. Maggie 5. Althea, Hibiscus syriacus ‘Helene’ 6. Esperanza or Yellow Bells, Tecoma stans 7. Canna-dwarf-Tropical Series 8. Quietness, Buck Rose
*Refer to the July Blooms report . Only Phlox #11,Autumn Sage #16, and Salvia guaranatica#21 are taking a break and not blooming in August. All the rest on the July list are giving us that last bit of summer pleasure.