Add Instant Summer Color

It’s hot. It’s sunny. It’s still a great time to add plants to your summer garden that you might have missed. Whether you have bare spots, colorless corners or simply want a new addition, we’ve got you covered. At The Growing Place we have beautiful, colorful plants just waiting for you to take them home. Check out some of our teams’ favorites below as we head into our greenhouses to find just a few of the many annual and perennial gems.


Looking for funky colored foliage in a low-maintenance plant? Then this is perfect for you! Coleus’ multi-colored, stunning leaves are perfect for adding a pop of color to those drab, dark areas. They come in a huge variety of leaf size and color. In addition, some are more upright while others trail, making them an extremely versatile plant. There are coleus for both sunny and shady spots and they need fertile well-drained soil.


Verbena bonariensis
Clusters of tiny violet flowers are supported by strong stems on this striking plant that attracts butterflies. Towering at 2-4 feet tall, this Verbena is ideal in gardens where it can act as a filler and provide a gentle pop of color. Works well in containers too. Plant in sun to part shade and water when the soil surface is slightly dry. This plant drinks a lot!


Lantana Bandana ‘Sunrise Rose’ in Party Pots!
A classic favorite. This brightly-colored, tightly clustered flowering plant is fun, festive and screams summer. Did you know we call all our summer crops "Party Pots" because their larger size helps you quickly add pops of color--perfect for when you're throwing a party! Lantana works well in a container, hanging basket or in your garden and pollinators love it too. Mike Stelter, Annual Production Team, is a Lantana enthusiast. “They’re low-maintenance, don’t get too easily stressed, and thrive in hot and dry conditions,” Stelter said. “They’re vibrant, aromatic, and the foliage, along with any other summer colors, always looks great to me in a garden or container.”



Asclepias tuberosa
Also known as Butterfly Weed, this vibrant orange, sun or part-shade plant is a pollinator's dream, as a host plant and food source for Monarchs and as a nectar source for all butterflies! It also makes a great accent or border plant too. Austin Hartline, Perennial Production Team, is a big fan. “It’s an ‘easy-to-care-for’ plant that attracts butterflies for your enjoyment and viewing pleasure,“ Hartline said. “What’s not to love!?” TGP also carries several perennial varieties like Common Milkweed and Swamp Milkweed as well as the annual variety. So you can find the perfect accent color for your garden and help feed the butterflies.


Buddleia ‘Evil Ways’ and ‘Nanho Blue’
Butterflies can’t resist these remarkable varieties of Buddleia, better known as Butterfly Bush. Drooping, rich-colored flowering spikes stand out in a garden against a multitude of plants. In addition, these varieties are drought tolerant and while they will grow from Zone 5 to Zone 9, they will do best in a protected area because of our harsh Chicago winters. Don't forget it’s not too late to help those pollinators out before fall rolls around.


By: Lauren Brostowitz

Aurora Location

2000 Montgomery Road,

Aurora, IL 60504

Phone. 630-820-8088

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25w471 Plank Road,

Naperville, IL 60563

Phone. 630-355-4000

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