Here’s a selection of flowers that bloomed during the first half of August.
This is a perennial sunflower. The flowers are much smaller than what the annual sunflowers produce, but there are many flowers per plant and of course they grow every year. Being a native species, they attract butterflies and bees.
We started dwarf pomegranates from seed last spring. Out of twelve seeds, only three grew; as they have to be grown in pots so we can move them indoors in the winter, three is more than enough. They began blooming last summer and are covered with flowers this summer. One plant that I had in my office over the winter looked like it had died, but it recovered after I put it outside with the others.
They produce miniature pomegranate fruit.
Morning glory ‘Grandpa Otts’ has purple flowers with a reddish center. True to their name, the flowers are only open in the morning. The four foot (1.2 m) tall tomato cage isn’t nearly high enough for them; they could use a support twice that height. The moonflowers that I planted at the same time don’t seem to have grown; I haven’t seen any white flowers in the evening.
The seed company says this morning glory reseeds itself, so we may have more next year.
Joe pye weed is another flower that is native to eastern North America. They grow to over five feet (1.5 m) tall and spread by reseeding themselves, as well as coming back every year (they are a perennial). They too attract bees and butterflies. I once saw a bumblebee patrolling back-and-forth in front of these flowers and chasing away any competing bees!
Monarda ‘gardenview scarlet’ had its main bloom time while I was on vacation, but it still has a couple of flowers. They are another native species for my area and are said to attract hummingbirds as well as butterflies and bees. They smell like bergamot orange, the flavoring agent in Earl Grey tea, and I’ve read that the leaves can be used to make tea and in salads.
Why produce another flower stalk when you can just grow a new flower atop the old flower? This is zinnia ‘scarlet king,’ which I have seen attract hummingbirds in past years, and yes, there is a second group of petals growing from the top of the pollen cone.
Sansevieria (mother-in-law’s tongue) is a common houseplant. Mine has bloomed every summer for the past three years. They don’t need (or want) much light, so in the summer, when I put it outside, I put it in the shade on the north side of the garage.
These plants are grown for their foliage, not their flowers.
My ‘Stella de Oro’ daylilies are living up to their reputation as repeat bloomers. They also bloomed earlier this summer.