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Two For the Summer Sun

Posted on August 20 2002

May and June have given way to hot sunny days. Two heat-loving varieties really come into their own now: Salvia greggii and Angelonia angustifolia. Though both are heat and drought tolerant, occasional watering and a good mulching through the heat will keep them looking their best. Salvia greggii is revered for its neat appearance being a roundish shrub, 1' to 4' high and wide. Covered with dark green leaves and a full flush of blossoms from summer through fall it is an excellent focal point in the hot summer landscape, or great as a low hedge. It's also a hummingbird and butterfly attractor. Flower colors run from deep reds, purples and pinks to coral, salmon and white. Angelonia is a newcomer. At 2' high and wide, this needle leafed beauty is covered with spikes of small orchid-like blossoms in blue, white, lavender, rose, and often with contrasting dark freckles. Keeping spent flower spikes removed will insure a continuous bloom through fall. Slap on the sunscreen and do the same for your summer garden with a good thick layer of mulch to keep that soil cool and moist. This helps all of those heat-lovers stay at their peak through the summer sun. by Bob Riedmuller Printed in Garden Compass magazine July/August 2002 Used with permission.


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