Work at the south side of the house has given me ample opportunity to recall why I enjoy this area, with it's dry heat and unforgiving dirt. Despite some serious lack of attention the Dahlia continues to shine, turning up its broad face in cheery welcome.This particular plant has been dug up and moved several times. Actually, I think I was pleasantly surprised that it came back after its last relocation.
Another fun addition to this area is Globe Thistle, which stands at spiky attention above a mounded Hebe. Thistle makes me think of Fourth of July fireworks bursting into brilliant displays of color.
A stroll toward the backyard finds countless numbers of bumblebees enjoying the lavendar, Stonecrop and this plant whose identity escapes me. It's another cheerful element in the garden with it's button-like flowers and chartreuse foliage but it tends to reach about 3 feet and then topples over. I'll need to explore some good companion plants to help support this towering beauty and hide its fading foliage.
A year-round feature in our backyard "shrub garden" is Hebe "Great Orme." It stands prominant in my garden at about 3 feet but can grow another foot easily. This Hebe trembles with bee activity and it's fun to watch them at work.Alright, this Hosta is in the front of the house but I love the little flowers that shoot up from these plants. The foliage tends to be the most flamboyant of Hostas but when close up you can't help but appreciate the blooms.