Over the last month, there has been a few additions to my Aloe collection. At the last Oracle Gorge Nursery sale, spotted a couple of nice-looking new varieties that I was able to bring home. Haven't had time to get any of them into new pots.
Really liked the pale coloration of the Aloe pictifolia - it almost appears to have a been lightly coated with a thin whitewash.
On the other end of the color scale is the bright green Aloe juncunda. This variety tends to remain small and grow into a mounding cluster.
Another couple of "additions" weren't new Aloes - but were instead new Aloe blooms. For the Lace Aloe (Aloe aristata) , this is the first time it has bloomed in my garden. The stalk has a definite curl to it which straightened somewhat after a watering.
Most of my Soap Aloes (Aloe maculata) are actually planted in the ground, but one specimen is actually contained within a pot - and is blooming for the first time (all of my in-ground ones are growing and recovering for our past severe winter).
In our ongoing drought and heat (so far every day in August - except one - with a high temperature over 100 degrees), Aloes are certainly a plant variety that does well.