Tales of an Unkempt Flower Bed – Roselle and Red Shiso Plants

If you’ve been following the blog for any amount of time, you might remember that I started A LOT of plants earlier this spring with the use of the winter sowing method. Since my yard is so small, I ended up giving a lot of these plants away. Specifically, one of my older neighbors wanted some bottles of seedlings. Today, as I was helping clear the flower bed to make way for hardy annuals, I thought I would take some photos to show how things progressed.

One of the plants that my neighbor absolutely loved last year was this striped variety of morning glory. Luckily (or unluckily), this plant decided to spread so much that one actually popped up in her flower bed this spring. As you can see in the photo above, it has managed to wrap itself around the roselle plant that has started to set those beautiful red seed pods. I think roselle is such a pretty plant. A few lavatera seedlings also made it into the flower bed. In the past, I had been under the impression that lavatera flowers were cool season annuals. However, the plants that grew throughout summer did fairly well. Maybe I’ll try growing some more of these next season in my own yard.

Here’s a closer photo of the roselle flowers. The hummingbirds seem to really love these.

The coleus that were started from seed this year have also started to flower. Coleus grows so incredibly well from seed here in my zone. The foliage is definitely an interesting contrast since I always plant so many annual flowers. This coleus came from an open pollinated heirloom mix that I bought from Baker Creek.

I know this post was short, but I couldn’t resist the urge to share some of the plants that are still blooming here. I’d love to hear what’s still blooming in your garden in the comments below. I hope you’re having a great day!

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