Today’s photos come from Angelys Nicolatos.
A pure white Oriental lily (Lilium hybrid, Oriental group, Zones 4–9) blooming in a cloud of yellow cosmos (Cosmos sulphureus, annual). I love how the yellow-orange of the cosmos echoes the color of the pollen on the stamens on the lily.
A ruffled pink hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa–sinensis, Zones 9–10) frames the view.
Koi swim in the garden pond.
Red-and-yellow blanket flower (Gaillardia, Zones 3–9) echo the red trim around the windows. Gaillardia are perennials but can be short lived. They’ll last the longest if they are grown in full sun with good drainage.
Mandevilla (Zones 9–11) grows along a fence. Mandevilla are often grown as annuals in colder climates, but if you want to try, you can overwinter them in a sunny window, or force them to go dormant by keeping it very dry somewhere cool (like a basement). Or if you live somewhere warm, just enjoy their beautiful flowers! Among the mandevilla here is a cluster of blue flowers from a plumbago vine (Plumbago capensis, Zones 9–11).
Angel’s trumpet (Brugmansia, Zones 8–11) dangles its fragrant flowers.
A cluster of colorful caladiums grows at the base of a shrub. The leaves of caladiums are brighter than most flowers. They grow from bulbs that can be overwintered indoors if you live somewhere colder than Zone 9. But if you live somewhere with cool summers (such as the Pacific Northwest), these heat-loving plants just won’t thrive for you.
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