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Color in the Late Summer Garden

If your garden has become a collection of deadheads devoid of color, plant some shrubs and perennials that bloom like crazy in August. Here are some of the plants that keep my gardens in full color in late summer.

Hydrangea 'Annabelle'

Hydrangeas are in their glory. Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ is doing her thing in one of the shade gardens.

Hydrangea 'Bloomstruck'

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Bloomstruck’ is blooming away in the garden and in a container on the deck.

A number of different cultivars of panicle hydrangeas (Hydrangea paniculata) are showing off their large, magnificent blooms.

Hydrangea 'Bobo'

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Bobo’ continues to be one of my favorites.

The exotic blooms of rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) are adding a tropical flair to one of my sunny borders.

Viburnum 'Blue Muffin'

Viburnum ‘Blue Muffin’ may not be blooming, but it is offering loads of berries to color the garden blue (until the birds eat them).

Rose 'The Fairy'

Shrub roses are still going strong. I don’t grow many roses, but I love Rosa ‘The Fairy’ because it needs little care except for pruning to remove dead stems early in spring, and it is never bothered by pests or diseases.

Joe Pye weed is a favorite planted in many spots in my landscape. Eupatorium maculatum ‘Gateway’ is planted near a ditch where it enjoys the moist soil. Eupatorium purpureum is planted in areas where the soil is drier.

Eupatorium dubium ‘Little Joe’ flaunts his flowers on shorter – but still 3- to 4-foot – sturdy stems. If you want to plant Joe Pye weed too, this earlier post will help you choose the best one for your landscape.

Coreopsis 'Zagreb'

Because I cut back my Coreopsis verticillata ‘Zagreb’ after its first flush of flowers, it is loaded with blooms again now.

The coreopsis in the rock garden is pretty, too.

Allium 'Millenium'

Allium ‘Millenium’ is strutting its stuff at the front of a few borders. The pollinators are loving it! Allium ‘Millenium’ was named this year’s Perennial Plant of the Year. You can read more about it here.

Siliphium perfoliatum - Cup Plant

One of my favorites for pollinators, cup plants (Silphium perfoliatum) lift their bright yellow blooms high in the sky. You need a big garden for these bad boys. They grow up to 8 feet tall and self-sow.

Geraniums may not be as flashy as some other perennials, but many varieties are still blooming.

These are just some of the plants still blooming in my landscape. While it may not be at its peak, it still brings me joy. If your garden isn’t making you swoon in August, let’s change that!

Garden with me!

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