|Leucophyllum frutescens "Compacta" (which is NOT a vine) and Convolvulus cneorum|
|From left to right: Eremophila hygrophana, Ozothamnus diosmifolius, Rosmarinus "Tuscan Blue", Leucophyllum frutescens "Compacta", and Convolvulus cneorum)|
Lagerstroemia indica "Dynamite" was more of a rescue case. It was already reaching the dangerous stage when I bought it - hence its bargain status - and it continued a cycle of frequent wilting when I brought it home. Despite this the plant looked good overall. I assumed it was rootbound until I checked more closely. The problem was simply that the soil in the container was so open that the pot could not retain enough water for the roots. Rather than repot, I plonked it into its permanent spot in the garden and have been thrilled with the results.
It's not a bad little collection, consisting entirely of blooming shrubs with attractive foliage. It's an unusual posting for Garden Bloggers' Foliage Day, hosted by Christina at My Hesperides Garden; but I think these shrubs represent a good start for the next planting season.
The most recent addition to the group was Ozothamnus diosmifolius, which I bought just three days ago after standing at the GC doing an emergency search as to what in the world... Turns out it's another Australian native. The flowers are said to be small and remain budlike, and are useful for flower arranging. The height ranges from about 5 ft - 6.5 ft (1.5 m - 2 m), but growth habit seems to be upright and narrow. We shall see... This variety is simply labelled Dark Pink... or was that Deep Pink...? I don't think it's a varietal name, just a description! Anyhow, I like the feathery green foliage which, like some of the other Australian plants, is brighter in hue than many of the drought tolerant American species.
Convolvulus cneorum and Leucophyllum frutescens "Compacta" (this is the sister plant to one already in the garden) have received their due in other posts. And there is a nicely rooted cutting of Rosemary "Tuscan Blue". After clipping my baby hedge last spring, I tried starting some cuttings; but since I had no way to keep them humid without intolerable heat, most of them failed. Of course! But two did pull through. This one looks particularly good, and I am inordinately proud of this little plant. I'm hoping to start a good many more come autumn.
Just waiting! It won't be too long now...