Wow Dale: That photo "Westside pool flowers at Lisa's is Gorgeous enought to be framed!
Aaah ... and that Clivia ... I have had one of those on my Wish List for soooo long. Someday I am gonna have one of those plants! That one survives in the ground year round? I guess y'all are a lot warmer over that way then we are here on the East Coast!
I'm a novice gardener and was very happy with my China Asters (Powderpuff Mix) and Four O'Clocks (Marvel of Peru) last year. They were from cheap seeds from Canadian Tire, yet both flourished with little care in my full sun garden, just north of Toronto. Even some asters that I transplanted outside ridiculously late were some of my showiest. Both bloomed profusely until frost and the Four O'Clocks had wonderfully thick foliage too. I will be growing them again this year and would definitely recommend them to beginners anywhere near me.
I have worked for five years to make my flower beds as much perennial as possible. BUT, I love purple petunias and red geraniums so I plant those every year and just got my petunias for this year in the ground yesterday. Haven't gotten the geraniums yet. The big stores just have them in big arrangements at big prices and that is not what I want. I do have two little babies that survived inside this winter and have them out now hardening up. Both the petunias and geraniums are memories from my childhood.
I wish we could grow more perennials here in the near tropics. Most of the plants that come back every year are weedy giants like ruellia, lantana. We have a few plants that behave themselves, daylily, pelargoniums, agapanthus, but, most plants are annual.
Here is one bed-I love the look and all the plants are summer annuals. We have no winter chill.
Dale--I just came back from a trip to my son's home in Hudson (about 30 miles north of Tampa) and while I was there I helped my 14-yr old step-grandson start a garden. I had searched for plants that would do well in heat and humidity, and hot sun since they have very little shade in their yard, and we started him a bunch of seed flats. I had to leave before very many were showing signs of life. He mostly started veggies, but we got some flowers thrown in--and nothing perennial except some windflower bulbs. I have no idea if they will make it there, but I had purchased a large bunch of them and shared. I have most of the same growing conditions here except that we do have winter--well, not much this year.
I moved across country (southeastern NM to central NC) and managed to stary in the same zone. The plants that will grow for me here is vastly different than what I could grow in NM. I guess that has to do with moisture and actual winter vs. the dry, higher altitudes and virtually no winter to speak of in NM.
Thought these were annuals, but since I just discovered them reappearing today, and they're acting like perennials with very little assistance from me, they're now a "favorite annual". :)
Red wax begonia.