Salvia Leucantha, in two shades. The purple and white and the all purple. Although I like the all purple one the best, the hummingbirds have a clear preference for the original purple and white variety.
This is a large plant which spreads rapidly and when I need to divide I plant outside the walls. Here you can see them coupled with another fall bloomer Mexican mint marigold, Tagetes lucida. Sometimes called false tarragon, mint marigold can be used in place of French tarragon.
Out in the front the golden eye, Viguera dentata, and native lantana, Texana urticoides, are in full bloom.
Native Texas skullcap, Scutellaria wrightii,
And blackfoot daisies, Melampodium leucanthum, among the green leaves of ruby crystal grass.
Alyssum seeded along the edges of the potager beds and Gregg's blue mist flower, Conoclinium greggii, below.
The show in the sunken garden goes to the seed heads of the Ruby crystal grass, Melinus nerviglumis, caught in the morning sunlight.
A cluster of native cosmos offset by the grey-green of sage.
I love gayfeather, Liatris
Our fall in central Texas is about the purples and yellows.