10 Summer Perennials for Landscapes
We all like color in our landscapes; there is no denying that. As the summer starts to wind down, use these suggestions:
With a range of colors from white and lavender to pink and red, this perennial thrives in shaded areas and has unusual fern-like flowers.
- Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly milkweed)
Known to attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds Asclepias tuberosa has bright orange flowers for the early three months of summer.
- Coreopsis (tickseed)
From the standard yellow-gold, daisy-like flower to blooms with patterns of gold and brown, near white, cream and deep purple-red.
- Delosperma (ice plant)
Commonly known as ice plant, Delosperma blooms in a range of colors from the softest pale apricot to deep crimson.
- Echinacea (coneflower)
These full-sun daisy-like stunners bloom through summer into fall.
- Eupatorium maculatum (Spotted Joe-Pye weed)
Perfect for late-season color, these perennial pink flowers attract pollinators.
- Heuchera (coral bells)
Very versatile foliage.
- Lobelia cardinalis (cardinal flower)
The hummingbird-friendly blooms on Lobelia cardinalis show their dramatic red colors from July through September.
- Salvia species
Salvia nemorosa, blooms throughout summer in shades of violet, purple, white and pink.
This succulent foliage blooms flowers in late summer and fall that can be delicate yellow blooms or large dramatic pinkish-purple. Leaves range from tiny and green (or purple) to large and flat.
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