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Plan Ahead for a Late Summer Show | Northeast Regional Report

A Northeastern garden in June is hard to beat, growing with as much energy and enthusiasm as we feel after a long winter. And if anything is lacking, every garden center will have a dozen choices in bloom to fill the hole.

But as summer progresses, heat and humidity can take the stuffing out of us and send the garden into decline. The trick to keeping your garden in peak bloom from midsummer into fall is to insert plants now that can take the heat.

Your favorite local nurseries will offer an assortment of “annuals” selected for particular garden-worthy characteristics, including summerlong vigor and showiness. These tender perennials may cost as much as a hardy perennial, but winter survival shouldn’t be the only factor we consider when opening our wallets. Does it feed the bees and butterflies until frost? Is it a hummingbird magnet? If the answer is yes, it’s…

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