Except for this one, which I take all the time.
It's hard to grow plants in this kind of exposed space, but we've got some nice things going on right now.
I sprinkled some Phacelia campanularia seed in a potted cork oak (Quercus suber) and got flowers on little two-inch plants.
I had a lot of this wildflower on the blog this last spring.
Herbaceous perennials struggle up here in the wind and occasionally (very occasionally) high temperatures, but Annie's Annuals' description of Dicliptera suberecta made me want to give it a shot.
The website says:
A deservedly popular & reliable perennial! By late summer hummingbirds & butterflies are buzzing all around the clusters of orangey-red flowers of this plant. The blue grey leaves & stems are splendidly covered in fuzz, & very touchable. Dies back to the ground in winter (sometimes) & returns a little late in the Spring – it seems to really like the heat! In fact, it is reported to thrive in Texas & through much of the south, where the summers are really hot & humid. Does great here in the Bay area, too! Spreads over time, but is easily controlled, & grows about 2’ high. Drought tolerant too! Such a catch.
Thrives in Texas! Well, if that doesn't convince me to try it on my roof, nothing will.
It's been blooming non-stop for several weeks.
I'm also impressed with Gladiolus callianthus. It's done very well, even with haphazard watering.
I don't step out to inhale the fragrance much, tho' it's nice.
Sunlight bleaches the dahlia petals as they age.
This one has very dark foliage. I'm going to move it down to the garden next year. In general I don't "do" dark foliage. But I will make an exception.
Also blooming up here: cuphea and agastache.