Yes, it starts NOW!
A bit of advanced planning during the late-spring-to-early-summer planting season will help ensure that in August, as the summer garden starts to taper off—especially perennials and flowering shrubs—you’ll still be in the pink (and orange, purple, white, and red).
Here are 16 bloomers that we love and promise will add lots of color, texture, and blooms in late summer. When August rolls around, your only major task outdoors will be to decide on iced tea or lemonade.
VIBE® Ignition Purple Salvia
Zone: 7 – 11
Notably heat and drought tolerant, this petite sage explodes with purple flowers throughout summer. Remove spent flowers to promote continued bloom right into fall. Partial to full sun. Up to 2′ tall and wide.
WHAT TO PLANT!
Strawberry Shake™ Hydrangea
Zone: 4 – 8
Panicle hydrangeas hit their zenith in late summer. This has improved, sturdy stems that support big, full flower heads. Partial shade to full sun. Up to 4′ tall and wide.
Lacey Blue Russian Sage
Zone: 4 – 10
Hardy, deer-resistant, heat and drought tolerant with lavender-blue flower sprays on an improved, compact form that does not flop over. Full sun. Up to 18″ tall, 26″ wide.
Plumetastic® Pink Muhly Grass
Zone: 7 – 10
Glittering clouds of vivid purple plumes bloom later bringing richer color from late summer to fall. Partial to full sun. Up to 3′ tall and wide; blooms reach 4′ tall.
Petite Snow™ Butterfly Bush
Zone: 5 – 9
Spectacular late-summer fragrant, snowy-white flowers adored by butterflies. Dwarf form is ideal for smaller gardens. Partial to full sun. Up to 6″ tall, 5′ wide.
Wood’s Pink New York Aster
Zone: 4 – 8
American native produces daisy-like late summer blooms. Pinch stems back by about one-third in early June for more flowers. Full to partial sun. Up to 16″ tall and wide.
Royal Rembrandt Speedwell
Zone: 4 – 9
Unsung hero of the late summer garden, providing spiky shape and saturated color. Prune in July for really impressive August bloom. Full sun. Up to 20″ tall and wide.
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