Summer into fall flowers

I can’t say enough good things about orange narrowleaf zinnia (Zinnia angustifolia). It bloomed dependably all summer and is still holding its own, adding a pop of orange amid the silver and blue-green foliage of xeric plants in a sunny bed.

Likewise, ‘Senorita Rosalita’ cleome, one of the Proven Winners plants I trialed this season, is still flowery. It did suffer from splitting damage this summer when a couple of brief rain showers weighed down its brittle stems. But even without a late-summer trim it’s still blooming and driving the bees crazy.

‘Ava’ agastache continues her reign as my favorite of the agastache collection from High Country Gardens. Her regal bearing and deep-rose flowers enthrall me—and this is only her first season. Check out Bev’s Colorado Garden for beautiful pics of a more-established ‘Ava’ and Bev’s experience with this lovely plant.

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9 Responses

  1. Layanee says:

    Catching up again and your photos never disappoint. The garden in the afternoon light glows and the little lizard looks just wasted. Enjoy your fall.

  2. So much color from flowers! Lovely.

  3. Diana says:

    That Cleome is on my list! It’s so striking and I love the interesting stalks. My agastache is very happy, too. But two in less sunny locations aren’t. One is puny and one actually died. Suddenly, too. But now I know where they like to be!

  4. Les says:

    I put in the zinnias from the Profusion series and they are still stunning, full of flowers and coming buds, not a bit of mildew or bug nibbles. I will keep them until the frost arrives.

  5. The zinnias are on my list for my sunny “stop sign” bed once it gets enlarged, Pam, and that cleome is a must-have. Thanks for trialing for the rest of us.

  6. Gail says:

    Pam, Senorita Rosalita has been a wonderful plant! Now if only they would offer her here! gail

  7. eliz says:

    Agastache are wonderful plants. Don’t seem to work here, though I keep trying!

  8. Phillip says:

    Beautiful colors and photos.

  9. Swimray says:

    Ditto for my Mexican Zinnia (Zinnia angustifolia). One benefit – they reseeded themselves last year and popped up all over this spring. Once they got going, they only got better and better through the summer and into the fall.