In the midst of this heat wave that we’re having in eastern Ontario, I am drawn to plants that are in amazing condition, despite the drought.
Silver-leafed perennials are usually reliably drought tolerant. I’m sure there’s a scientifically botanical reason for this, but I can’t tell you what it is. Never mind; if you’ve got sun and withering heat, take note of this planting:
The ruffled blue leaves of Sea Kale (Crambe maritima) take centre stage here — don’t they resemble undersea coral? — and some diminutive groundcovers (looks to me like a combination of thyme, bugleweed and in fact, strawberry) are filling the spaces between the stones. In the rear is a grass that is likely a variegated Molinia, then a daylily and a single specimen of Viper’s bugloss (Echium vulgare) — I suspect the last is a volunteer, but how happy they all look in the heat.