August is Seashore Mallow time. A native of coastal marshes from New York to Cuba, Seashore Mallow is just as happy in a normal garden setting as a marsh as long as it gets plenty of food and water. Otherwise it pouts and presents itself as an 18" flowering stick. Feed and water it well and it becomes a 5' x 5' giant covered in flowers that are reminiscent of pink tropical butterflies.
Real butterflies like it too.
There are still a few 'Rapsberry Wine' Bee Balm flowers around. The Bidens in the background will be a sea of yellow next month.
It seems like the Joe Pye Weed has been blooming for a long time too.
It's always a butterfly favorite. It's often covered in Swallowtails but today this little butterfly was enjoying it too.
Red-Banded Hairstreak (Thanks Randy for the ID!)
This Joe Pye, growing wild in the ditch behind the big perennial bed, is the last to bloom. I prefer the wild type to the supergiant cultivars, because even the paler wild type has more color than something like 'Gateway', although I will allow that 'Gateway' has a magnificent presence.
Today I am joining Gail at clay and limestone for wonderful Wildflower Wednesday.