It may be another week until summer officially starts, but right now, it certainly feels like it’s already here! In our perennial yard and woody nursery, some of our summer-flowering plants are coming into bloom so it’s beginning to look like summer as well.
Our Hydrangeas are already covered in large, colorful blooms, many of which are reblooming varieties, so you can expect blooms from now until late summer or fall. White, pink, blue, or purple blooms are available, and color is often different or more vibrant depending on the soil condition. For fall foliage interest, Oakleaf Hydrangeas are an excellent choice, as their leaves turn a bright red to purple before shedding for the winter. Spirea is another excellent shrub and depending on the variety, blooms late spring to midsummer in a variety of different colors. Other popular summer shrubs and trees include Abelia, with varieties that have attractive foliage as well as blooms; Rose of Sharon, a cousin of the tropical Hibsicus with similar flowers and habit; and Potentilla (Cinquefoil), a highly drought-resistant and sun-loving shrub most commonly with yellow flowers
As for perennials, there are many plants that thrive in the summer heat. Blanket flower (Giallardia), Tickseed (Coreopsis), Yarrow, Larkspur (Delphinium), Foxglove, Hollyhocks, Daisies, and Black-Eyed Susans (Rudbeckia) are popular summer-blooming perennials, some of which will bloom into fall. For the hottest and driest areas, hardy succulent plants like Sedum, Hens & Chicks (Sempervivum), and Ice Plant (Delosperma) are an excellent choice.
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