This is the time of the year when the summer bloomers do their thing. I planted three crape myrtles back in 2015. All of them are growing beautifully and have flowered each year. The Purple Magic crape myrtle above has been the first to bloom each year, with this year being no exception.
The Purple Magic crape myrtle began blooming in mid-June, and has now been sporting flowers for two months.
The same is true for the Plum Magic crape myrtle.
The Plum Magic crape myrtle first started showing blooms in July.
For whatever reason, I don't have many blooms on the Crimson Red crape myrtle. But it is blooming.
Crimson Red crape myrtle.
This is a pleasant surprise ! After moving the Chinese Snowball and Small Anise Tree from this location in 2015, I planted a Yucca Color Guard and a Joe Pye Weed in their place.
I have no idea if the Yucca is doing "well" because it looks exactly the same as it did when I planted it. But the Joe Pye Weed looks pretty good.
The Joe Pye Weed didn't look too good last season. I'm guessing that's because I didn't keep the soil moist enough. With all the rain we've had this year, it looks like it's rebounded quite well, even if it is leaning significantly.
The Joe Pye Weed is said to attract butterflies and appears to be doing its job.