Last year, Pam, that has the blog Digginghttp://http//www.penick.net/digging/, let every one in the bloggersphere know about a great plant she had that was a real winner in our Texas heat. It bloomed all summer, looking great right up until frost. It was Seniorita Ma....., wait a minute, I'm not going to tell you. You need to look it up on her blog. If you haven't seen her blog , you need to. It's a dandy. Any how, this year I found one I would like to pass along.
In the spring I went to a Master Gardeners plant sale on the court house square in Georgetown, Texas. I was perusing the plants, picking out several, when a lady handed me another. With the selection I had picked out, she thought I would really like it and it was the only one they had there. You just know I bought it, even though I had never heard of it. I always buy plants when something special like this happens. It was very nice of her and she didn't lie either.
It's name is Porter Weed. I immediately looked it up on line and found it comes in red, blue, coral and pink. Mine was the red, thank goodness. I love red in the garden, and yes I have plenty, and no, I don't have enough. I didn't know any better at the time but the blue is native to the east coast and can be considered to be invasive. It's not a big showy bloomer but has a lot of long, very slender bloom stems that twist and curve for an interesting look. The info on line said it was a long lived perennial. Judging from the pictures on line, I think it should be much bushier than mine but I think the heat from our early summer might have kept it from that as the heat hit about the time I planted it. It did bloom all summer and didn't wilt from the heat even once, and this summer was another doozie.
Is Porter Weed for you? I'll let you decide after looking at the pictures.