More than any other season, summer offers a wide variety of blooms. From groundcover to treetops, porches and patios, there is an array of beauty to behold in nature close to home.
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Add a quick pop of color with annuals. They can be placed in containers on decks and porches or planted in borders flowering between lulls of perennial blooms. We grow our Summer Party Pots for long-lasting blooms all summer long. The easy-care choices in decorative containers are ready to grab and go to the next backyard bbq. Whether you need a hostess gift, want to spruce up your outdoor space or need to add some color to a landscape bed or container, Party Pots are the answer. Annuals found in Party Pots include Alternanthera, Angelonia, Calibrachoa, Celosia, Evolvulus, Geranium, Lantana, Impatiens, Pentas, Petunias, Portulaca, Salvia and Scaveola.
Pat, the Annuals Manager in Naperville, says cannas are another great choice for blooms through fall. Cannas will grow in full sun to part shade in moist, well-drained soil. Add height and an elegant, tropical statement with your container design. Because they are wet tolerant, Cathy, our Annual Buyer, said cannas can also be planted near ponds.
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Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia) and Coneflowers (Echinacea) are the quintessential flowers of summer. Joannie, our Perennial Guru in Aurora, says Rudbeckia planted with sedum and ornamental grass is the trifecta of summer substance. Try Sedum ‘Thundercloud’, Calamagrostis ‘Overdam’ grass with Rudbeckia ‘Viette’s Little Suzy’ and be entertained by the birds, bees, and butterflies they attract through fall. All are reliable, low-maintenance and love the sun.
Allium is another family of plants blooming now. This pest-free ornamental onion brings whimsy with its fun, easy-to-grow flower globes. If rabbits enjoy your yard as much as you do, plant tough and hardy allium amongst your other perennials.
Let’s not forget the flowers that will bloom in part shade to full shade. Hostas and Astilbe are two perennials that come in an assortment of sizes and colors, and both offer beautiful summertime blooms. The big, bold leaves of hostas stand in contrast to their elegant towering flowers. The plume-like flowers of Astilbe over clumped colorful foliage will brighten any shady corner.