This red crocosmia is new this summer. We have had yellow ones, but were noticing the incredible reds around town and Ray found some to plant. The red color is delicious in itself, but combined with the purply buds and teal blue/green stems it is glorious. These grow quite tall, on slender, gracefully arching stems, (you can see then in context in the last picture in the previous post) and I learned they are native to South Africa and related to irises.
A couple of days ago Ray and I went out to Al's Garden Center, which has become one of our favorite nurseries. We had discount coupons to use on bedding plants and I found these little flowers, which I had never seen before. I fell for their soft, coral color.
They are called Diascia and I learned they are also native to South Africa and are a recent import to the US. I love the color combination with the lavendar.
This is a mystery plant, purchased at the plant sale earlier this spring where we sold garden art.
Update: Jeannie identified the purple leaf plant as Persian Shield Strobilanthes. Lots of info on the web. It is native to Myanmar (formerly Burma), not South Africa. I guess not everything beautiful and colorful comes from South Africa! Thanks, Jeannie.