Falls rains are breathing new life into my garden and candlestick plant, Senna alata, is lighting the way. This plant has been an excellent performer for me this year and definitely deserves star status.
First blooms from new garden plants are always the most exciting. Sometimes you find some new star performers and sometimes the relationship is just not in the stars.
I planted this dwarf Barbados cherry, Malpighia glabra 'Nana', a couple of years ago and now I'm finally reaping the rewards. The flowers will produce little fruits which are edible. I've tasted them in another garden. They're okay, but they won't replace actually cherries anytime soon.
After waiting impatiently for my pass-a-long pond crinum, Crinum procerum, to bloom, I was finally rewarded. It was definitely worth the wait, but I wish the flowers lasted longer. I guess you could say this crinum is a shooting star. Thank goodness for cameras and generous gardening friends like Pam at Digging, who shared this pond crinum with me.
Another first bloom for me this year is this Philippine violet, Barleria cristata. Finding the right spot for this plant and keeping it watered was a little challenging. But, voila, it all worked out! It's a little early to decide if this plant will be a future star in my garden, but it's definitely a great fall bloomer.
This impulse buy really panned out. Brazilian button flower, Centratherum punctatum, has been a star performer that has bloomed non-stop since I bought it in April. I have it in a large pot and couldn't be happier with it. I'll take cuttings or try to overwinter it in the greenhouse, so I'll have it in the garden again next year.
This is actually my second year with this cleome hybrid, Senorita Rosalita, but I think the Senorita and I will be parting ways. She just can't seem to hold up in our heat. I purchased 3 plants and the only one still hanging in there is the one in dappled shade. The lower part of the plant is completely denuded, but there's still a few flowers and leaves clinging to the very top.
Out with the old and in with the new. This Wendy's wish Salvia is a keeper and hopefully, a continuing star in my garden. It's cold tolerance is questionable for Zone 8, so I'll have to see if it comes back reliably in the spring.
Behind the Wendy's wish salvia is cow pen daisy. I've grown this daisy before, but not on purpose. It volunteered in my garden one year and I was bowled over by it's non-stop performance even during the hottest, driest part of the summer. This plant is a star for sure and yellow to boot.
I've had pretty good luck with purple coneflower, but the white one is not cooperating. I thought I lost it, but it's struggling to make a come back. Coneflowers are so pretty. I think it's worth a little extra effort to help this little guy become a star some day.
I hope you found some new star performers for your garden this year.
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