The flame-shaped flowers of the flame acanthus (Anisacanthus wrightii) are drawing bumblebees by the dozens to sip their nectar.
Another bee and butterfly favorite is the Mexican sunflower (Tithonia).
This native sunflower continues to send out plenty of blooms, undaunted by the heat.
And if it is summer, then of course the summer phlox is in bloom.
July is hibiscus season.
This one is a particular favorite.
When I first saw this one early in the day, it was perfect and gorgeous, but by the time I got back out with my camera, it was already past its prime. That's the one bad thing about hibiscus flowers; they only last one day.
The Blackfoot daisies, on the other hand, stay pretty and fresh for a very long time.
The blue potato bushes that I added in the spring have been doing very well.
And, of course, 'Pride of Barbados' continues to do me proud.
The Duranta erecta has been in bloom for a while and the blooms are now giving way to the "golden dewdrop" berries that give the plant its popular name.
Bronze esperanza is full of blooms.
And so is its yellow cousin.
The gaillardias have been doing well.
Here's another slightly different one.
And orange milkweed.
The ornamental pepper that reseeded itself from last year is becoming more...ornamental.
Hummingbird bush (Hamelia patens).
Most of the roses are resting just now but 'Darcy Bussell' is still sending out blooms.
I do love portulaca for its ability to stand up to the worst that Texas summers can throw at it. You can see the bloom's similarity to the rose; thus, its popular name "moss rose".
Dwarf ruellia 'Katie'.
The funky little flowers of the buttonbush. They start out as creamy white but turn color as they age.
The pretty little blossoms of convolvulus 'Blue Daze' don't stay open for very long. By mid-day the petals are already folding for sleep. But while they are open, they brighten their spot next to my goldfish pond.
Yellow cestrum, another butterfly favorite.
And finally, here's a delicate creamy pink water lily just after one of those late afternoon showers.
I'm so glad you decided to visit my garden and my blog this month. I hope you'll come back soon.
Thank you, Carol of May Dreams Gardens, for once again being our host this month.
Happy gardening and happy Bloom Day.