There has been a very interesting discussion, Native Plant Stars of the Summer Doldrums, on the California Native Plants google group. As people were sending messages about what is blooming in their gardens, despite the long period without rain and with intense heat, it got me thinking about the plants I know that are colorful (flowers, fruit or whatever) in summer and fall. That led to a long period of browsing through my image database. (Oh the ways one can spend time…) This led me to upload a new native plant list called Native Plants with Summer and Fall Color. Most of the plants on the list come from my garden or Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, and they display color in the months of July through about October.
Right now my garden is mostly soft gray and brown (except for the jarringly green front lawn). This summer I have watered even less than usual so the Canada goldenrod and Pt. St. George aster have not bloomed much. You know, brown is a color! I’m good with subdued. But for those whose very mood depends on bright colors, here’s some summer shots from past years. I decided not to include the better-known summer show-offs like California fuchsia and the buckwheats.
Canada goldenrod, (Solidago canadensis) 7/31/2009, in parkway garden.
Fragrant evening primrose (Oenothera caespitosa), 8/5/2007, in parkway garden. This desert plant bursts into bloom after it is watered. I had a lot of luck with it back in 2007 but have lost several since then. May give it another try.
Fragrant evening primrose, 8/5/2007.
Rose hips of California rose (Rosa californica), 8/20/2005, Lower Arroyo Seco Park.