I picked some Hebes to remind me to plant more of them. At this time where the days are short and flowers are disappearing they are welcome food for bees and other pollinators, which made a *beeline* for the Hebes and Chrysanthemums in the bouquet.
Hebes are a native NZ plant, so they are tough in our environment, growing well in windy sunny places. They do well on a bank, but don’t cope with wet soggy soils or too much shade. There are hundreds of different cultivars – from the little green balls of the tiny Tom Thumb to large shrubs with exuberantly waving branches and long white flowers such as I have picked.
The long mauve spikes of Plectranthus argentatus flowers and pink Chrysanthemums were the next favourite flowers for bees and the hover fly Eristalis tenax.
With the Hebes are the deep magenta Rose ‘Chartreuse de Parme’, the bright pink David Austin rose ‘Gertrude Jeykl’, the lovely butterfly-like Mutabilis rose, and the big soft pink buds of Rose ‘Nahema’.
Dichroa ‘Blue Sapphires’ is like a large, evergreen Hydrangea which has bunches of blue starry flowers now as the Hydrangea flowers are turning purple and brown.
A few Penstemon ‘Alice Hindley’ and pale yellow Phlomis are flowering.
Escallonia Gold Brian has pretty green-gold leaves which make the Magenta Chartreuse de Parme stand out. It took a few moves to find a good place for this shrub to live in the garden though, although I’m very happy with it now in a shady spot under the Gingko.
I’m joining in with Cathy and others from all over the world who pick a few flowers to make Monday a better day. You can join in yourself at Rambling in the Garden