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June 20, 2013

Summer Bloomers

Asclepias tuberosaCoreopsis 'Creme Brulee'Leucanthemum 'Snow Cap'

The world of perennials really shines in the summer! With so many to choose from, no matter the site requirements you should be able to find a perennial that fits the bill.

Callirhoe involucrataCrocosmia 'Lucifer'Geranium 'Cambridge'Lily Looks 'Tiny Toes'

For areas receiving full sun, there are a lot of options. Callirhoe, with its bright pink flowers, is a short variety that is awesome to hang over walls or creep along paths. Thyme is an excellent ground cover with fragrant flowers in the summer. In terms of varieties with a little more height, Platycodon features cute balloon-shaped flowers and we also carry several types of Geraniums with an array of different colored blooms. In terms of increasingly tall perennials, we carry Salvia and Coreopsis (both with several new types being offered this year) and lavender. Asclepias tuberosa features orange flowers which are great butterfly magnets, and Gaillardia has nonstop flowers all summer and fall. There are Echinaceas that come in so many colors and heights that there is bound to be some variety which fits any spot. Then, there is Leucanthemum or Lilium and the bright bold colors of Gaura, Phlox paniculata, Kniphofia, or Crocosmia.

AstilbeLobelia Fan BlueMonarda 'Petite Delight'

Part shade summer bloomers are another large group of plants. Astilbes come in so many colors, sizes, shapes and bloom times that they can fill a garden all summer long. Monarda is deer resistant and a butterfly attracter. Nepeta provides endless color and deer resistance. Lobelia is a great native that can handle more moisture and has many colors from red to blue to salmon. And, both Ligularia and Rodgersia are great specimen plants that can handle more moisture.

Hosta 'Blue Angel'Hosta 'Royal Standards'Lamium 'Red Nancy'

For full shade plants, think Hosta. Most people buy hostas for the foliage, but they do have some pretty flowers and some are very fragrant, like Hosta ‘Guacamole’ and ‘Royal Standard’. Lamium is an excellent ground cover that likes dry shade and comes in white, pink or purple flowers.

This is just a quick overview of summer blooming perennials. There are so many choices that you should not miss out on this great opportunity to teach people about the wonderful world of perennials and how easy it is to continue to add color to their yard all summer long!

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact us. And, recommendations for new plant varieties are always welcome.