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Hot Perennials for Summer

3 min read | Jul 9, 2014 | Plants 

Sizzling Summertime Perennials

Your garden, pots or patio can pack a punch of color even in the sizzling summer months.  Perennial plants can be low maintenance, big bloomers and add great textural interest in the landscape.  A colorful summer palette can be created in the sun or shade using perennials that have been carefully selected for flower, foliage and maximum impact.  Here are a few of our favorite perennials for the spring and summer garden:

Verbena ‘Homestead Purple’

verbena homestead purple

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A ground cover favorite known for its long bloom time and vigorous growth rate. A very low maintenance perennial with continuous deep purple blooms.

  • 6” – 10” tall
  • Full sun
  • Blooms summer into fall
  • Deer Resistant
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Drought Tolerant

Lantana ‘Miss Huff’

miss huff

A must have for your perennial garden. Very long blooming, drought tolerant and needs little attention.

  • 3’ – 6’ H
  • Full sun
  • Blooms summer to fall
  • Deer Resistant
  • Attracts Butterflies

Ceratostigma plumaginoides


dwarf plumbago ceratostigma

This low-growing groundcover, often called “Blue Leadwort” or “Dwarf Plumbago” puts on a show in both summer and fall.  Brilliant blue flowers in the summer give way to bronze-maroon foliage in the fall.  It’s a showstopper in the front of a perennial border or color bed.

  • 8-12″ tall
  • Blooms late summer – early fall
  • Needs well-drained soil

Echinacea (varieties)

echinacea white

echinacea double

Echinacea, or Cone Flowers, come in a variety of shapes and sizes with wonderful daisy-like blooms from midsummer until early fall.  Heat and drought tolerant.  Pollinators like butterflies and bees love them!  Great varieties include:

Magnus – Tolerates dry, poor soils and is easy to grow! Attractive rose-purple flowers with a rust-colored center.

  • 24 – 36” Tall
  • Full sun|
  • Blooms midsummer – early fall
  • Deer Resistant
  • Attracts Butterflies

Hot Papaya – The first orange-red double coneflower. Color does not fade on this fragrant bloomer. Adapts to dry or moist soils, easy to grow & excellent cut flower.

  • 30” – 36” H
  • Full Sun
  • Blooms Summer – Fall
  • Deer Resistant
  • Attracts Butterflies

Pica Bella – A new unique variety with spidery, thin, rosy petals and cinnamon orange cones. this variety would match up nicely with Rudebeckia ‘Henry Eilers’.

  • 24 – 36” H
  • Full Sun
  • Blooms Mid- late September
  • Deer Resistant
  • Attracts Butterflies

Hardy Hibiscus (varieties)

hibiscus perennial 2

hibiscus perennial

Attractive to butterflies & hummingbirds, these long blooming natives are great for wet locations and waterside, but tolerate dry spells.

  • 30” – 36” Tall
  • Full Sun
  • Blooms July to September
  • Prune early in the season to maintain size.
  • Deer Resistant

Hosta (varieties)

hosta variegated

hosta bloom

Hostas are considered by some to be the number one selling perennial plant. It is truly a spectacular foliage plant with some varieties producing beautiful blooms and nice fragrances.
Like other perennials, every year they become larger and more full. With all the choices in color, texture, size, and patterns on leaves, the hosta has become a favorite of many gardeners to use in shady landscape areas.

Hosta Info & Care Guide (.pdf)