Several shrubs are still blooming around here, despite lows in the 30's last couple nights.
These are all from yesterday:
#1. Lespedeza thunbergii Gibralter. A sprawling thing which is hard to find the proper siting for. Good for late blooms.
#2. Caryopteris incana Sunshine Blue. Also nice late season color.
#3. Leptodermis oblonga. Blooms heavier earlier in summer, but continuously puts out some blooms til frost.
#4. Loropetalum chinense. Not really hardy here, so looks pretty ragged in spring.
But through the summer straightens up and looks nice.
A couple more:
#1. Kerria japonica pleniflora. I have a love-hate relationship with it - tons of blooms, but suckers like crazy.
#2. I don't know what this is. It returns year after year, seems to reseed. The only thing I can find on-line is that it resembles clerodendron ugandense, which it can't be, since it's not hardy here. Anyone know what it is? Very pretty airy flowers in fall.
#3. Buddleia Summer Frost.
np - actually Tom ID'd that one and I just happen to remember it. You've got some interesting plants in your collection. You might want to add Heptacodium miconioides http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/2036/ to your collection for it's late summer to fall blooms & fruit.
I have one which is about 15yrs old and about 15ft tall.
I haven't bothered to check if it's in bloom, since it's in a part of the yard I call 'the jungle'.
I'll check it to see if it's up to anything interesting. Thanks for the reminder!
OK, I went out and checked out my heptacodium miconioides.
It's actually about 20ft tall and it's struggling in an overgrown jungle.
When I planted him (and a bunch of other peculiarities), it was a fairly open space.
Who knew any of them would grow?
Only the top portion is getting any sunlight - so it's bloom isn't spectacular.
Here it is. I presume these are the post-bloom calyces in the photo.
Thank goodness for a 10x zoom lens... at full zoom.
You see why I overlooked it...
Such beautiful plants! And all unknown to me, except that I have a japanese variegated kerria I received from Raulston Arboretum. It is labeled Kerria Japonica 'Fibuki Nishiki'. It spent its first year in a pot and did well, so it is in my new garden, and it bloomed nicely, but it stopped months ago. I wonder whether it will sucker like yours.
Is yours truly not native? I'm just curious, because you have the most sensational native plants I have ever seen. They are not nearly as lovely in Illinois.
Your Leptodermis oblonga absolutely blew me away. I loved the pictures in Plant files.
Do you have a large garden? You seem to have a billion plants, and so many unconventional ones. My deutzia Codsall Pinks have done very well in their first year. I can't wait to see them bloom next year.
Here is a pic of my kerria from early spring, on April 4. As you can see it is still developing.