Exotic Gardening with Rare and Strange Plants

There is no shortage of beautiful volunteer sunflowers all over my garden, for the most part I let them grow where they sprout, at varying sizes.

A yearly favorite, 12 foot sunflower loom overhead.

Leonotis (Wild Dagga)

Bulbine frutescens – they open and close with the daylight.

Fuchsia boliviana — Red Bolivian Fuchsia. Added bonus they produce a tasty fruit similar to a grape.

Rose amongst a tree lupin. Perfect!

Hibiscus tree is starting to flower again. Excellent!

Rhodochiton atrosanguineum, so strange.

Abutilon pictum Thompsonii (Varigated Flowering Maple)

White Guara flowers all August

Alcea ‘Peaches and Dreams. This is it’s second year and it’s really gone overboard. Fighting for the tallest thing in my garden, this hollyhock is neck and neck with my jerusalem artichoke. 12+ feet and counting. Non stop blooms, like a slow motion firework.

Simply Amazing…

The very first cyclamen flower of the season. Just when you start to miss them again, they appear.

Chilean Glory Vine – Eccremocarpus scaber

Thalictrum delavayi ‘Hewitt’s Double’ – a late flowering minature thalictrum!

Anigozanthos flavidus (Kangaroo Paw)

Impatiens Congo Cockatoo

Orange Daylily, perhaps Hemerocallis ‘Kwanso’. The last bloom on the stalk…

Echeveria glauca

One of many different shades of gladiolus

I hope this satisfies your need for plant eye candy.. Months of work put into a 35 second photo spread. Calms the mind, feeds the soul.

5 Responses to Flowers in Bloom in August:

  • Hrm… I envy you your sunflowers! Mine grew to a decent height of 8ft or so, and THEN the slugs attacked! One evening I saw veritable clusters of slugs feasting on the flower buds. Disconcerting to be looking up at slugs, actually…

    (To be fair, I envy you the rest of the flowers as well; they’re gorgeous! And remind me that even if sunflowers is apparently a no-go in my garden, I do have some lovely 6ft impatiens that I should be happy about.)

  • Lindley says:

    Hey Nat,

    Gotta say that I check your blog almost daily and this post was a real gem. I wish my hollyhocks would put out like that….


  • Wonderful plant eye candy! Your plants are not in the least stupid — they are choosing to grow and thrive in a place where they must know they will get the very best care. Credit to you.

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Mr Nat. Gardener, Plant Nerd
Tips and tales about gardening in one of the most mild climates in Canada. Specializing in rare and strange plants from far out destinations, this is the story of an obsessed young gardener in Victoria B.C. Let's create more tropical gardens in the garden city on the southern tip of Vancouver Island.