And here is what I bought.
I’m crazy to plant anything in this heat. We’re at 100° now with a projected high of 102° tomorrow. My excuse is this coupon for $2.00 off each perennial.
The new coleus will coordinate with some others already planted around Mary. The ones to the right of her grew so well that the vignette is off balance. Hopefully, in a couple of weeks, things will look more simpatico.
I got another variegated tapioca, Manihot esculenta ”Variegata’ just because I like the one I planted in the garden, and I wanted to see it daily on my deck.
Don’t you think coral bells are charming? I bought three Heuchera ‘Mahogany’ earlier in the season for the front garden. I can’t write enough good things about their heat resistance. We’ll see how they perform after freezing this winter. Will they rot?
The foliage of the perennial sunflower, Helianthus ‘Table Mountain’ (also called a willow leaf sunflower) attracted me. However, the foliage in the photos on the web looks different. I hope the tag wasn’t switched. We shall see.
Agastache Summer Sky® was purchased simply ’cause it’s so pretty.
I bought Lamb’s Ears, Stachys ‘Helene von Stein’ for Bear because she likes her plants soft and silvery. This variety has really large leaves.
I hope the pink tropical Hibiscus will bring out the pink in the stems of the tapioca.
By now you’ve probably noticed some of these are not perennials. What can I say? I’m a sucker for almost any plant that thrives in this heat.
Bring it on, Mr. Sun. Bring it on.
Yolanda Elizabet says
That coupon was burning a hole in your pocket and that is not of the good so of course you had to go out and buy a few plants. Just a few. 😉 Hope your heuchera survives the winter, it does over here.
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Lisa at Greenbow says
I hope your new plants will be thrilled to get out of those plastic pots. They will probably be thrilled to be in soil where their roots are protected. How can a girl resist a coupon of savings?
Just what I need some plants for dry conditions. Some of my plants have been wilting in the heat, although Heuchera does stand up very well to the conditions. x
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Brit' Gal Sarah says
Lovely Dee and you’re alot braver than I planting in this overwhelming Okie heat!
But you got such a deal and saved so much money! I think it will all grow in nicely and hopefully some will multiply and you can take another couple of dollars off –just cause you got two for one..hehehe. I have some heucheras coming in the fall. You know I got to have all of PW’s cultivars.
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Anna, you are so lucky that PW has you test their plants. I’m only a little bit jealous. 🙂 ~~Dee
The only thing better than plant shopping is plant shopping when there’s a big sale and when there’s coupons or discounts.
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Linda, absolutely. We have August Bucks coming up in a few days, and I have some non-plant items I want from the same nursery.~~Dee
Mary Ann Newcomer says
100 degrees indeed! Well, if you get them in the ground you are ahead of me. I still have a couple dozen plants ‘relaxin’ in the shade. Some purchased in April. Still not in the ground. BAD M.A.!
Not bad, M.A. You’ve just been too busy consulting and traveling and other writing and gardening stuff. At least they’re in the shade.~~Dee
I have the same Lamb’s Ears and they got so huge!! Did you know they used lamb’s
ears during the Civil War as band-aids! I thought that was a very interesting fact
I learned at an herb farm in Northwestern NJ when I lived there!
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Sherri, I didn’t know that. Thanks for such interesting info.~~Dee
Mr. McGregor's Daughter says
Hey, plant what works. You’ve got a fairly long growing season, so it’s not a waste to plant annuals now. I hope your Heuchera survives the winter. I just love them & always think I need more. And sometimes, you just can’t pass on a sale. It’s just too good.
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MMD, right now it feels like an extremely long growing season. It’s too hot to play outside, but I’m holding onto my memories of September.~~Dee
Karen - An Artists Garden says
Well – if you’ve got a coupon you gotta go! …. 🙂
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Yes, Karen, we must.~~Dee
Carol, May Dreams Gardens says
We all understand. A coupon has a limited shelf-life! Love all your selections. Bring on the heat and bring out the hoses!
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Hi, Dee. I have to ask. Is it tapioca as in the kind you can eat?? I love tapioca. I don’t know how you can be out planting in the heat, though. It’s only in the 90’s here today and I chickened out and hit the A/C. I’ll go out when the sun goes down.
(Thanks for visiting my daughter’s blog, btw. It was fitting after visiting your baby girl’s… :)) xoxoox
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Hi Kathryn, According to the Texas Aggie website, this tapioca should not be eaten as its leaves and the root have cyanide compounds. Although it is a relative of the bitter tapioca, please don’t try it. Happy Birthday to your daughter, and I meant what I wrote on Twitter.~~Dee
Linda at Meadowview Thymes says
I love coleus! The varieties I have do well in this Texas heat if I keep them watered. It’s really hard for me to not buy new things–I am just never finished! : )
Hi Linda, mine take quite a bit of water too. In fact, this morning, I must specially water all the new plants I put in the ground two days ago.~~Dee
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Brenda Kula says
Yeah, I heard about your little shopping expedition. And P.F. Changs! (I really miss that place; only get to go when I’m in Tulsa!) My Heuchera did great last year, but of course I can’t recall where I originally had it. Oh yeah I do, I had it in a pot. Then I put it in the ground, and it looks terrible. I guess I shall have to go repot it. I don’t have much luck with coleus, though I’m apt to buy one for the colorful foliage each year. And right now, it’s just so hot, I don’t want to do much planting of anything except my butt in the air conditioned house!
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Hi Brenda, I have to plant all of my Coleus and Heuchera in the shade. Maybe your Heuchera is getting too much sun.~~Dee
You’re a very brave woman indeed, Dee! Love that new coleus … I can’t get enough of them in the summer!
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Cindy, I love them too. Have you tried the new sun coleus?~~Dee