One of my new crinums is blooming! I wish I could somehow capture the wonderful fragrance so that the photo could be scratch and sniff. It reminds me a bit of a cross between and orange blossom and jasmine. Absolutely wonderful.
Here's another hot plant that was featured on the National Gardening Association's regional electronic newsletter. It's called 'Red Wind' Japanese Hakone Grass, or Hakonechloa macra 'Beni-Kaze'.
This striking ornamental grass is favored for it foliage, which develops reddish tips, especially as fall approaches. It grows in Zones 5-9, reaching 24"-36" in both height and width.
It apparently looks striking cascading down a bank, since it has a slight weeping habit. I don't have any banks that need a cascade, but I'd still consider adding this beauty to my landscape!
For more information, visit Klehm's Song Sparrow Farms.