Flowers – Yellow Plumeria

A plumeria’s deep-green, long, leathery leaves grow in dense clumps at the tips of its branches. From early summer through fall, clusters of five-petaled flowers bloom amid the leaves. Large and aromatic, flowers can be white, cream, yellow, pink, lilac, or red. In Asia, plumeria flowers adorn Buddhist and Hindu temples. Captured these in Cerritos, California.

Yellow Plumeria

Flowers – Veins of a Balloon Flower

Fairy Snow White Balloon Flower is an interesting clump forming perennial so named because the buds puff up like balloons before they open. This compact Platycodon produces white bell-shaped blossoms with delicately contrasting blue veins in mid through late summer.  Captured in Santa Monica, California.

Veins of a Flower

Flowers – Regal Pelargonium

The Regal Pelargonium has unmissable flowers that bloom in a trumpet shape. The flowers have six petals in bright purple, bright pink, pale pink, dark red, pillar box red or white. And the extravagance of the flowers is matched by the softness of the velvety leaves which also have a lovely scent. Captured in Santa Monica, California.

Regal Pelargonium

Flowers – Sea Lavender

Also known as marsh rosemary and lavender thrift, sea lavender is a perennial coastal plant that can often be found growing in both salt marshes and along coastal sand dunes. Despite its name, it is not actually related to the lavender plant. The plant creates leathery, spoon-shaped leaves, red-tinted stems, and delicate purple blooms that appear in summer. Found these flowers in Santa Monica, California.

Sea Lavender

Flowers – Purple Coneflower

A native to the eastern United States, purple coneflowers are found in many flower gardens. Planting purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) in the garden or flower bed draws bees and butterflies, ensuring that nearby plants have plenty of pollinators. Captured these in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.

Purple Coneflower

Flowers – Pincushion

Leucospermum ‘Scarlet Ribbon’ (Nodding Pincushion) – A dense compact shrub produces an abundance of 4 inch wide pincushion flowers. The multi-colored flower heads start a salmon pink color and then open to expose the orange-yellow perianth styles and shiny red tepals that look like ribbons. Captured in Santa Monica, California.

Pincushion

Flowers – Mexican Bush Sage

Mexican bush sage, or Salvia leucantha, is an evergreen shrubby perennial that’s prized for its dense, arching spikes and ability to produce an attractive late summer bloom of showy flowers. The plant feels soft and hairy to the touch, and the bi-color blooms include white corollas and purple calyces. Captured in Santa Monica, California.

Mexican Bush Sage

Flowers – Lily of the Nile

Lily of the Nile, with Latin name Agapanthus (African Lily), is a marvelous perennial that blooms from spring to summer, producing magnificent floral-scapes. The flowers are funnel-shaped and typically blue, purple, or white in color; the clusters are borne on long stalks. Found these in Santa Monica, California.

Lily of the Nile Budding
Lily of the Nile
White Lily of the Nile

Flowers – Purple Cape Marguerite

Marguerite daisy flowers are terrific butterfly and other pollinator attractors. Available in a variety of hues from white or yellow to pink or purple depending on the species, these daisies are similar in appearance to the Shasta daisy. Found these flowers in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.

Purple Cape Marguerite

Flowers – Tree Mallow

Tree mallow (Lavatera maritima) is a perennial semi-evergreen shrub that produces pale lavender flowers throughout the spring, summer and fall. It prefers a dry Mediterranean climate. Captured this flower in Santa Monica, California.

Ready to Bloom into a Tree Mallow Flower

Flowers – Mountain Hydrangea

Mountain Hydrangea lives up to its name. It shares the showy blooms and beautiful pink or purple color of big-leaf hydrangeas, but because it grows wild on the chilly mountain tops instead of the mild seaside, it naturally developed substantially better cold tolerance. The sturdy lacecap blooms will be bright pink or deep purple-blue, depending on your soil pH, and the handsome dark green foliage resists wilting. Found these in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.

Mountain Hydrangea