|yellow flowering pine-leaf penstemon, Penstemon pinifolius 'Mersea Yellow'|
The good news is that many of my plants have come through quite well, flowering profusely for long periods of time. It may be no surprise to you that they're the same plants that I always brag on - the tough guys that put on a spectacular show during the "good" rain years, and keep on truckin' during the drought years, too.
The penstemon above, and its red flowering "parent" looked terrific mid-summer for weeks on end . These next three — the horned poppy, Russian sage, and hummingbird trumpet — are planted in a side garden that got NO supplemental water this summer. They're going like gangbusters.
|horned poppy, Glaucium flavum|
|Zauschneria arizonica with Perovskia artiplicifolia in the background|
|lower growing, groundcover form: Zauschneria garrettii|
|the colorful, fuzzy bracts of Russian sage|
|prairie coneflower, Ratibida columnifera|