I have one full veggie bed full of zinnias that reseeded themselves from transplants that I planted earlier this spring. The new veggie seeds that I planted in this bed before I left for my South Africa trip didn't sprout while I was gone (a little too hot and not enough water), but the zinnias sprouted. They are so pretty, that I don't really want to tear up the bed to plant veggies. I'm now planning for this to be my latest fall veggie bed, so I can enjoy the zinnias for a couple more months.
There are a lot of plants blooming in the backyard, but I feel like I'm partially cheating, since they are mainly on plants that I just added to my garden in the last week. Oh well, they still count in my book.
One plant that isn't new that is finally blooming this year is my bougainvillea. I thought I lost the plant during our hard freeze last winter, but it came back. It just needed a little extra time to work up the strength to produce its beautiful flowers.
In the shade garden, of the new plants, there are a few that are currently blooming:
Turk's Cap is a reliable late summer/early fall bloomer that adds plenty of color to the garden when not much else will.
The Big Blue Lithrope is also adding a touch of color to the shade garden with its light purple spires.
Along the neighbor fence line, the butterflies are loving the blooms on this Sapphire Showers Duranta.
And I'm loving the glorious smell of the gardenia flowers.
The fall aster is doing its part to attract the bees.
I love the color this purple coneflower brings to the peach tree beds.
The dainty flowers on the Blackfoot Daisy are so sweet.
Front Yard and Courtyard
The blue plumbago has been going strong since the spring and has been one of the fastest growers in my garden this year, with little to no watering. No wonder why it is considered a Texas Superstar plant! It has outgrown the space that I put it though, so that means I either need to move it to a new location, or do some heavy pruning.
The Mexican Sage is making its fall showing.
And finally, the Autumn Sage is living up to its name, adding a splash of magenta to the garden as we head into fall here in Texas.