This time of year there is plenty of color in the garden. The Pentas lanceolata provide dots of color in red, pink, purple and white.
The view from the backporch is always filled with butterflies sipping from the clusters of blossoms.
Lots of color greets anyone coming through the entryway garden. The Caladiums are still growing well and the Impatiens have just exploded with growth.
The cranberry colored Pentas that are part of the new front flower bed are butterfly magnets. The grandkids and I watch dancing butterflies from the front windows. I enjoy the Plectranthus 'Mona Lavender' which has been producing purple plumes since Spring but the butterflies don't pay any attention to them.
While the red shrimp plants, Justicia brandegeana, are making me wait for blooms, the Justicia brandegeana 'Fruit Cocktail' are bursting with buds. They are another butterfly favorite especially of the Giant Swallowtail.
When the light is just right, green can be bright and beautiful. The normally shady back corner glows in the sunlight of early morning.
Without a doubt, the showiest flower of the season is the Red Firespike, Odontonema strictum. This cold sensitive shrub is killed to the ground every winter but grows back by summer to a height of six feet. The many large spikes of tiny trumpet shaped flowers are very attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.