Six on Saturday – Favorite Summer Combos

Once again, I am joining the SOS crowd posting six interesting things from my garden. This Saturday, just past the Solstice and with the first hurricane forming in the Atlantic I am saluting my favorite Summer combos.

Mystic Spires Salvia and Dwarf Red Ixora, I love the contrast of colors. This bed also has white Pentas, yellow Callibrachoa, Blue Daze and chartruese Duranta.

Soap Aloe is flowering nearby.

In the butterfly garden, Gallardia and Tropical Red Salvia are flowering.

White Heirloom Pentas and Tropical Red Salvia in the butterfly garden.

In the rainforest garden, shades of red, burgundy and green shimmer in sunny spots.

Foliage contrasts in the rainforest garden, chartruese Quesnelia Bromeliad and Zebrina Wandering Jew groundcover, still pretty without flowers. The Quesnelias have pink flowers in winter.

Last, but not least, my favorite snack. Smoked Fish Dip – I am in the midst of making a batch as I and fish dip later.

That makes seven..oh, well. To see proper SOS garden posts, visit Jon at

Happy Gardening.


16 comments on “Six on Saturday – Favorite Summer Combos

  1. fredgardener says:

    I have also been growing a Duranta for 2 years but I have never seen it in bloom. I look forward… ! Superb mix of foliage on your last photo.
    Good luck for the hurricane to come… In Guadeloupe for now?

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    • Merci, Fred. The Duranta looks like a lesser Plumbago in flower and has interesting fruit, called Pigeonberry sometimes. It is used for foliage color here. I am on the east coast of Florida about halfway up, we are not expecting any Elsa problems.

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  2. Chloris says:

    Lovely six and I always enjoy a glimpse of your garden.

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    The ‘Mystic Spires’ Salvia and Red Ixora are a stunning combination – nice! With the white Pentas, you have your patriotic colors on display. 🙂


  4. That dip at number 7 looks good! As does the garden of course.

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  5. Soap Aloe is so intriguing – the spines on the leaf edges make it look kinda dangerous, then you have the flower spikes in the shape of a saguaro cactus…I like them a lot.

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  6. tonytomeo says:

    Mystic Blue salvia is sharp even alone. Yours looks lighter than mine. The color looks like that of mealycup sage.

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  7. pbmgarden says:

    Nice Amy. That first image with the salvia and Ixora is a great look.

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  8. Karen says:

    Your Ixora looks deathly and blooming well. I have pink ones that have far less blossoms.

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