summer plants

  • garden path winding through lots of hot-colored flowers
    Design

    Summer Magic in Bill and Linda’s Garden

    Amy is taking us along on a visit to an incredible garden today. A visit to Bill and Linda Pinkham’s Virginia garden in each of the four seasons always charms…

  • Black-eyed Susans
    Design

    The Best Black-Eyed Susans for the Southeast

    Gardeners across the world love the North American–native black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta, Zones 3–8), also called gloriosa daisy. This straight species is particularly useful in cottage gardens, meadow landscapes, or…

  • Tropical-Looking Plants
    Article

    Tropical-Looking Plants for Hot Southern Summers

    To us, tropical-looking plants are plants that thrive in the heat and that add a lot of bright color to the summer garden. They are perennial but disappear for the…

  • Peachie Keen' agastache
    Design

    ‘Peachie Keen’ Agastache Is a Jaw-Dropping Hummingbird Magnet

    If you are looking to draw attention to your garden this summer, look no further than ‘Peachie Keen’ agastache. This perennial shines with alluring summer blooms and fragrance that make…

  • Lottys Love rugosa rose
    Design

    This Low-Maintenance Rugosa Rose Puts on an Impressive Show

    In the spring of 2017, I was sent four plants of an unnamed rugosa rose for trialing at the University of Tennessee Gardens in Jackson. They were planted in unamended…

  • Venusta Queen of the Prairie
    Design

    ‘Venusta’ Queen of the Prairie Thrives in Wet Conditions

    Looking to make an impression in the garden? Check out ‘Venusta’ queen of the prairie—an impressive perennial that rises to the occasion to create a bold, dramatic scene. This underutilized…

  • growing summer allium
    How-To

    Growing Summer Alliums: Conditions and Care

    When given proper conditions and care, summer alliums are stellar, reliable performers in the landscape. Here are some insights into growing summer alliums that can help you manage and enjoy…

  • summer alliums
    Design

    The Best Summer Alliums to Grow: Plant Trial Results

    Some years ago, during a midsummer trip to Wisconsin, I found myself transfixed by a vast planting of ‘Summer Beauty’ allium dotted throughout with taller bright pink coneflowers (Echinacea spp.…

  • new summer alliums
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    Noteworthy New Summer Alliums

    Although too new to our trial to be fully evaluated, these notable alliums are worthy of praise. Keep an eye out for them when you're at your local garden center…

  • water fountain surrounded by hydrangeas and ornamental grass
    Design

    Kathy’s Labor of Love

    Today we’re visiting Kathy Bishop’s beautiful garden. I live in Portland, Oregon, and my garden has evolved endlessly for the past 25 years. This started as a bare quarter-acre dirt…