I love the happy blooms of the rock rose (Cistus ladaniferus). These were just little plugs when I planted them in March/April.
Now, they have started to fill out nicely and are covered in blooms:
Each flower lasts but a day.
This is one of the more cold tolerant of the species and can be grown in USDA Zones 7/8 as long as it is given some shelter (just as I have done by growing it in front of a warm North-facing fence).
These short lived shrubs still have some way to go; growing quite a bit more slowly here than in their preferred Mediterranean climate, but considering these only had a few leaves each when I planted them seven months ago, I am certainly not complaining about the progress!
Happy Gardening 🙂