Here in my zone 9a garden in Southeast Texas, we have finally begun to get some rain in the past week along with a noticeable moderation in temperatures. Unfortunately, the rain came too late for some of my plants. I have lost a number of plants this summer to the drought and heat; they were all plants that had been planted this year and had not had time to establish a sufficient root system to find the water they needed. Happily, I do have my old dependables that ignore adversity and just keep going.
Things like Esperanza "yellow bells.
Some of my roses gave up and stopped producing in the heat but the antique polyantha rose 'Caldwell Pink' is not bothered.
Evolvulus 'Blue Daze,' a very useful ground cover.
Hamelia patens, aka hummingbird bush or Mexican firebush, of course.
The almond verbena is covered in these not very noticeable blooms but their scent is certainly noticeable. It is heavenly!
The purple oxalis has been resting during the summer but now it is beginning to come to life. It is at its best in autumn and winter.
And, of course, there are crape myrtles. In pink...
...and watermelon red.
Caesalpinia pulcherrima, aka Pride of Barbados or peacock flower.
The old cannas gifted to me by a lovely neighbor many, many years ago.
And if it is almost autumn, there must be asters.
The cenizo shrub, Texas sage, blooms in response to rainfall. It had not bloomed all summer until this week.