Carolina jasmine (Gelsemium sempervirens) is native to the warmer regions of the Americas. It is the state flower of South Carolina. It certainly brightens the late winter garden.
Today, in my garden the Carolina jasmine is having a second flush and looks great.
Scarlet Sage (Salvia coccinea) Hummingbirds and butterflies love these trumpet shaped red flowers.
This salvia is sometimes an annual in my garden, but new plants are easily started from seed.
Copper Iris (Iris fulva) is native to Louisiana. It has been blooming for about two weeks in my garden. I just love it!
Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnaris) just started blooming a few days ago. This plant is native to a good portion of the United States. This flower has an unusual amount of yellow.
This photo shows a more typical color variance for Mexican Hat. I love this perennial, because it holds up under Houston’s notoriously hot and humid summers.
This is my first Texas Bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis). It is just beginning to open. I hope this is just one of many!
Texas Bluebonnets are the state flower of Texas, so they hold a special place in my heart. You just have to love that blue.