Daylily 'Mambo Maid' (I think)
Hamelia: This Hummingbird Bush is on the north side of the sidewalk.
And this Hamelia is on the south side. Surely they're two different varieties? (Of course they are and don't call me Shirley ...)The multi-talented Tithonia aka Mexican Torch Flower. They seeded themselves in various spots in the front gardens. Those in the corner bed are in full sun for most of the day and the colors are definitely richer and deeper, although some of them sport interesting variations in color.
Over near the sidewalk, these plants get fewer hours of direct sun. Y'all think that's why the petals are almost striped?
Tired of Tithonias? Then how about some zesty, zingy Zinnias? My zillions of zinnias all came from a few packets of seeds (please don't ask me to remember which varieties! I think I bought a packet of Scarlet Flame last year but all the others are self-sown or collected from previous years' plants.) I suspect they've hybridized themselves over the years and that's fine by me.
As I told Carol of May Dreams Gardens, our Bloom Day provocateur/instigator, this is by no means all that's blooming here on my corner of Katy. Despite the heat and lack of sufficient rain, the plants continue to amaze me with their ability to withstand summer. That said, when I went out to take more pictures early yesterday evening, I found the corner bed in dire need of watering. There was rain in the greater Houston area last night but it stood me up yet again. That's OK, I know my trusty garden hose will be too much of a gentleman to do such a thing.