Updated: Oct 17
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 six 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.
Strawberry Shake™ Hydrangea
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
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.
Arizona Sun Blanket Flower
Fiery-red flowers edged with a ring of vivid yellow hold up well under the bright light of direct, overhead summer sun. Full sun. Up to 1′ tall, 2′ wide.
Compact, native, and deer resistant, offers fragrant, pure-white flowers in late summer, attracting butterflies. Partial to full sun. Up 30″ tall, 3′ wide.
Wood’s Pink New York Aster
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
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.
See more colorful bloomers at monrovia.com!