Just a quick post of pictures from a week ago.
My first attempt at a small succulent garden! Hen and chicks and a couple of others I don't know. So cute!
I think I picked up this Agastache "Black Adder" last year from Santa Rosa Gardens. Agastache is known more commonly as Anise Hyssop, because it has a scent of licorice (you know, anise.) It's a US native and supposedly drought tolerant. So far "Black Adder" has done well with heat and drought, unlike my experience with Agastache foeniculum (at least, I believe that was the one I had.) It was very droopy in hot, dry weather, so "Black Adder" is an improvement in my garden. It grows only to 2-3 feet tall and slightly less wide.
The Knockout Rose has made gardening with roses in the Deep South a lot more fun. No, most of them don't have a scent, but I can live with that because of its black spot resistance. They've performed consistently well for my Zone 7B garden.
I just can't praise the Almighty Echinacea enough! This is Echinacea purpurea "White Swan." I love the daisy like flowers more than I can say. They are pleasing during the day and night! They're doing so well (and are soooo easy!) that I can't understand how I managed to plant Evan's Animal Garden without them! So, I will definitely be adding some in sometime this year. Because Evan's Garden is across the creek from the house, it's nice to have colors that will pop. That way I can enjoy them even when it's too hot to go out. "White Swans" grow to about 2 to 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide.
"White Swan" is an old garden favorite. "Kim's Knee High" is a newer edition. It is also Echinacea purpurea. But it's a bit smaller than the Purple Coneflower. She can fit in nicely near the front of the border at 1-2 feet tall and wide.
I moved a lot of things around last year to make a nice, twisty garden path in my Butterfly Garden. I was clever enough to place a few Lavenders along the path, so that I would brush up against them and smell that Heavenly scent! They bloomed like crazy recently and the bees were very, very happy.