A few years ago I tried an Agastache 'Acapulco-something'--it bloomed for a month or two then suddenly died. That put me off Agastaches for a while. I liked 'Blue Fortune' so much I impulse-bought A. pallida x rugosa 'Globe Trotter'. We'll see how that one goes.
Indulged also in a little Pentas for the butterflies, for a small spot with poor drainage, and thus sufficient moisture.
And pink Salvia microphylla x greggii 'Dancing Dolls' for an empty spot next to pink 'Belinda's Dream'. I'm not sure I love S. microphylla, because 'Hot Lips' grows way too large, but 'Dancing Dolls' ended up in the garden anyway. How does that happen? The hummingbirds are already at it, small though it is. The garden has been mobbed with hummingbirds--they are not just at the feeders.
Salvia 'Red Dragon' is preparing a new round of flowers.
Besides Salvias and the Agastache, the hummers are at the Iochroma...
...and the Fuchsias...
The Dasylirion flowers are finally opening and appear to be a kind of dark red--it's difficult to tell because they are about twelve feet (3.6 meters) above the ground. For a closer view, a ladder will be required. Most certainly not thirsty, and not a new acquisition, and by no measure "small".
That's some of what is going on in the garden this cool, grey, overcast week. Thank heavens for the heat relief.