As she has done all spring and summer, Belinda's Dream is flushing with blooms. The foliage has stayed beautiful with absolutely no spraying. The bush has grown from a small 18" high to 30" in height. Of course, I've been deadheading and cutting blooms for indoor bouquets which has kept the bush nice and tidy. The typical pattern is for three buds to be grouped together on one stem.
Sometimes a grouping of plants just works. This one has done well in a partially shaded corner next to one of the rain barrels. Blue Plumbago, Plumbago auriculata, blooms much more profusely when grown in full sun but it fits nicely here growing long, gently arching branches. The clusters of blue flowers show up well against the red blooms of the miniature climber, Rosa 'Red Cascade,' in the background. Dracaena deremensis 'lemon lime,' is growing in a container nestled in among the branches of the Plumbago.
A new addition to the sunny part of the backyard garden is Tecoma alata 'Orange Jubilee.' More cold tolerant than the more common Yellow Elder or Tecoma stans, this sprawling shrub's foliage will serve as winter interest against the fence. During spring and summer the orange trumpet shaped blooms attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. (I've only seen one hummingbird this summer and it was sipping from the tall red pentas.)
A re-bloomer in the garden is the Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum. This shrub has proven itself cold hardy, heat tolerant and a beautiful bloomer.
Many colors of Pentas lanceolata are blooming in the summer heat. These butterfly and hummingbird attractors never stop blooming except when frosty temperatures arrive. They rebound quickly from a central Florida winter most years. January 2010 was an exception.