Archive for September, 2009

Sedum & Succulent Status So Far

September 24, 2009

As I explained earlier, I decided to start a sedum and succulent collection this year because they are inherently heat and drought tolerant.  I am happy to say that all my sedums and succulents are doing well with the exception of the AloeVera.  It was really doing well at first.  Then for some reason I cannot explain, I decided it would do even better in another spot.  I moved it and 48 hours later, it was dead. 

However, the important point is that all the others are doing well.  So on my shopping spree, I acquired some more.

"Midnight"  Aloe Gastrolea

"Midnight" Aloe Gastrolea

 

Sempervivum.  I had to bring it home to get it out of this overcrowded pot!

Sempervivum. I had to bring it home to get it out of this overcrowded pot!

 

"Silver Gray"  Kalanchoe Pumila

"Silver Gray" Kalanchoe Pumila

Texas-tolerant Skull-Cap

September 22, 2009
Small pink blooms on Texas Skullcap

Small pink blooms on Texas Skullcap

Skullcap is another heat and drought-tolerant plant used in xeriscaping here.  The Labyrinth Garden also has a salvia exactly this color.  I’m going to plant the skullcap among the irises.

Two-tone Moss Rose

September 21, 2009
Maroon-edged White Moss Rose

Maroon-edged White Moss Rose

This moss rose is heat and drought tolerant, and it was so striking that I had to bring it home.  I’m going to cut it back, though.  It’s a bit leggy.  The first location I’m going to try gets a limited amount of sun, but the nursery said that since it is a larger plant, it should be able to handle part shade. 

Apple Mint (Try, Try Again)

September 20, 2009
Mentha suaveolens

Mentha suaveolens

Don’t you love the smell of apples?  Peppermint plants grow in much of the Labyrinth Garden, but I’ve never kept Apple Mints alive longer than a month.  I have killed more Apple Mint plants than I care to admit, but I’m going to try again.  There’s always a first time!

Spring Flowers in Autumn

September 19, 2009
September flowers:  cosmos, zinnia, morning glory

September flowers: cosmos, zinnia, morning glory

The sun came out today and it looked like springtime in the Labyrinth Garden.