Turk's cap (Malvaviscus drummondii 'Pam Puryear') was one of the first items I planted at our house when we moved in around this time last year.
Many Texans are familiar with the red version, but the pink flowers provide a lovely contrast to our house's blue-green trim.
Blooming happily through summer and fall, it tolerates the morning shade and the scorching afternoon sun that this location dictates.
Through our living room window, we enjoyed watching hummingbirds visit the flowers during the miserable summer when we spent much of our time indoors.
Since it works so well in difficult locations like I described, I somewhat randomly added another on the side of the house in spring.
This fall, finally realizing that the lovely effects of this plant would have more impact if repeated all along the front of the house, I added another in this bed, one on the other side and one near a window in back.
In another design blunder, I had orignally placed this Chinese fringe flower (Loropetulum chinense 'Plum Delight') on the other side of the walk where I immediately feared it getting too large.
It's possible that it would've never occured to me to move it to the giant gap on this side unless my dear husband hadn't suggested it! Thank you, Brandon.