Not long to go now till the shortest day, when the sun will start moving back along the horizon toward Summer. Flowers from the orange garden and buds of Rose ‘Crepuscule’ (‘sunset’) reflect the sunset colours.
Purple Verbena and Penstemon, Geranium ‘Roxanne’, and Erysimum Bowle’s Mauve’ bring in the purples.
Leonotis leonurus or Lion’s Tail, the bright orange fluffy flower which grows in whorls a little like a phlomis, is a South African shrub which is quite tender. The Osteospermum daisy in the foreground is ‘Terracotta’, which is quite different from another one I have which I think is ‘Tradewinds Terracotta’. These are small shrubs or ground covers which are perennial in warmer climates.
I love the dark stripes on the back of the Osteospermums. (Buttermilk and the terracottas)
Wallflowers Erysimum ‘Bowle’s Mauve’ and the lemon-pastel yellow one add scent, along with Stock and Alyssum.