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When the dog days of summer arrive, and the heat is stifling and the humidity is high, most plants are going to be stressed. However, there are plants that not only survive, they thrive when the heat is on. These sixteen plants will take the heat and keep growing strong.
I would guess that most gardeners cherish having fragrance in their gardens. Afterall, just about the first thing a kid will do when a flower grabs their attention is smell it. Kids intrinsically know something we often forget as we grow older – flowers “should” smell good. Now, not all flowers, even in their wild habitat, are fragrant. However, there are a wealth of plants with fabulous fragrance that you can introduce to your garden to add an extra dimension of sensory joy to how you experience your outdoor space. Here are ten plants that will deliver a fragrant bonus to your garden.
Red is a great color to add spice to a garden bed. To create a festive feel, pair red with orange and yellow. Add blue and white to your favorite red plant and show your patriotism or try mixing every color of red under the sun for a colorful, but simple monochromatic look. To get things rolling with red in your garden, check out this list of ten varieties we think you’ll love.
Hanging baskets are a wonderful way to decorate your outdoor space. Whether you have a dozen baskets around your wrap-around porch or a single gorgeous basket in a place of prominence, they are an excellent addition to your garden.
Stripes, speckles and pinwheels, oh my! Patterned flowers are the life of the party in modern container recipes. They instantly transform a container from humdrum to absolutely fabulous. Check out our most popular patterned Superbells®, Supertunia® and Superbena® flowers and learn how to grow them successfully.
Any garden can look great in spring or summer, but it takes real preparation and research to have a garden that looks great in fall and winter. It also takes discipline: garden centers are always stocked with shrubs that look fabulous at that moment, making those that don’t come into their own much later in the season easily passed by. However, it pays off to always add a few shrubs to your landscape that will look wonderful when the rest of the garden is fading. And, it pays off dividends to pick plants that make great cut branches in fall and winter, giving you the chance to create your own unique arrangements and décor during the holidays and beyond.
Here are ten shrubs – five for fall, five for winter – that look great in the garden, in the vase, and more. While they may not be at their most exciting in spring, when the temperature drops and things start to get gloomy, you’ll be mighty glad you added them to your planting list.
Coleus are adaptable plants that work well in landscapes and containers. Our ColorBlaze are also both sun and shade tolerant, which makes them an excellent choice for almost any situation.
Whether you’re new to food gardening or need a reminder of why you’ve tended those tomatoes for so many years, you’ll find inspiration here to grow something delicious this season.
Putting the flowers in flowering shrubs has always been our mission – and these plants epitomize that. They rebloom, which is to say that instead of just blooming once, along with conventional varieties, they go on to bloom again, or to keep blooming, through the season. If you are looking to add flowers, and plenty of them, to your landscape, take your pick of these ten favorites. All have been trialed and proven to be outstanding in the field, and in your garden.