Rainfall has been so generous this May! I've recorded 4.1" in my rain gauge so far. The wildflowers have reappeared in the space beyond the fence and the rabbits seem to be happy eating what's available out there. They've made no attempts at anything in the garden - yet.
Between thunder storms, I've captured a few images of some new plants.
This lemon yellow rosemallow Hibiscus calyphyllus is planted in dappled shade and I'm counting on the sunny yellow flowers to brighten up the understory of the Anacacho orchid tree Bauhinia lunariodes. After some research it seems to manage our winters just fine so I'm trying it in the ground. It should get about 3-4' tall and bloom through to first frost.
Ruby grass Melinis nerviglumis 'Pink Crystals' has been on my wish list for a long time. While at HD I scored a couple quart size plants! This pretty, small grass adds delicate texture to the new front bed. They are said to reseed. Talking with other gardeners leads me to think if it's planted in/near decomposed granite it reseeds readily. Maybe not so much in heavier soils. We'll see.
Monarda 'Peter's Purple' has an interesting story. Seems in the garden of Texas native plant expert Peter Loos there was a tryst between a Mexican Monarda bartlettii and an American Monarda fistulosa 'Claire Grace' and the heat loving, mildew resistant, lavender topped 'Peter's Purple' is the result to the delight of Texas gardeners. I've added it to the sunny butterfly garden in the back and am really looking forward to seeing how this plant performs. My aunt has a stand of red Monarda in Louisiana and I was captivated by the number of butterflies and hummingbirds that visited throughout the day.
How about you? Any new plants you're trying out in your garden this year? I'd love to hear about them!