It seems that our long-awaited Spring didn't last as long as I had hoped (but then, it never does). Our April temperatures have been hovering in the mid-to-upper 80s, heralding a long, hot summer ahead for Mississippi.
In anticipation of the summer heat and humidity, I visited a nursery in Jackson yesterday and bought a few heat-resistant plants for our courtyard. I came home and planted them, and was so pleased with the results of my hard work that I decided to capture some pictures of the flowers in all their glory, before the heat starts taking its toll on them.
I have always loved Impatiens, but have never had a yard shady enough for them. This Spring, I was delighted to hear about a new type of Impatiens called Sunpatiens, which are supposed to thrive in hot, sunny conditions. I planted several of them in the area of the courtyard that gets sun most of the day, and hope they will be happy in their new home. I'm trying to think positive about them surviving the summer, but I can already tell that they are going to need watering twice a day. Time will tell, I guess.
My Snapdragons are still doing well, and I mixed some of the Sunpatiens in with them.
You can click on the pictures to enlarge them if you'd like to get a closer look ...
And a large Surfina Wild Plum Petunia plant that will, hopefully, cascade over the waterfall.
Another new addition is this bright cobalt planter and Asparagus Fern ...
I love Asparagus Ferns, and have several scattered around the courtyard. They are perennials and thrive during our hot Mississippi summers.
The jury is still out on the Sunpatiens, though. I'll let you know the verdict.