I must have imagined that I heard Douglas Justice say he doesn't do plants below the knee; I even adopted that line myself. But here we are in September, still up to our knees in flowers. There are lots of good photos of them too, in the blog at September 2019 in the Garden | UBC Botanical Garden. If you're reading this in September (2019), you can click through to Garden Explorer, select the September 2019 tour, and see even more good photos as you read though the blog. I thought I would just come, take a photo of the first two plants mentioned, post those with the link and leave it at that, but I got over-excited. The Salvia guaranitica have all been moved to the west side (water side) of the Reception Centre. They should be called the king of salvias, so big and stately and stunningly coloured. Fortunately, I didn't notice the anise scent at all. On my way to compare those with the Strobilanthes is another eye-catching salvia, S. forsskaolii. Here is Strobilanthes attenuata. Douglas writes: "With close inspection, you can see that the flowers are funnel-shaped and asymmetrically hooded, rather than tubular and two-lipped like all salvias. Both plants have square stems and are both hairy and glandular." These features are more obvious in the Garden Explorer photos. I always find this group interesting in that there seem to be two different varieties here, but there is only one listed in the database. This first group has leaves that seem a little more rugose and less fuzzy. Just around the corner is this group with smoother and fuzzier leaves.