Sometimes it's all about the flowers
When I pick a plant for the garden, the main criterion is usually the foliage or—for plants without traditional leaves—the overall look. Flowers are a nice bonus, but they're rarely the main focus.
However, when a special plant is in bloom, it's all about the flowers. And that's nice, too.
Here are a few current examples from our garden.
⬐ The Cape lily (Veltheimia capensis) is a South African bulb that thrives in the long bed along the sidewalk. Its fully dormant in the summer, but in the winter it puts on a show that lasts for a couple of months. The kniphofia-like flowers are starting to wane a bit now, but it looks like they'll stick around for a few more weeks. The leaves are nothing to sneeze at either.
|Cephalophyllum 'Red Spike'|
|Aloe ericetorum × hoffmannii (ex Nick Deinhart)|
|The top view is nice, too!|
Soon, though, we'll have quite a show. Several aloes are in their starting positions...
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