Here are some great plant choices for vibrant colour and texture during those dog days of summer when most flowering plants are looking a little lack lustre in the heat.
Hydrangeas – of course!
Hydrangea Paniculata ‘Limelight’ is a delightful choice with it’s pearly cones of white flowers with a touch of blush that deepens into a lovely pinky bronze as the season wears on. It’s an easy going and hardy shrub that grows with very little maintenance. Pruning consists of simply clipping off the flowers to grace a vase somewhere in your home. Talk about a big bang for very little bucks!
It’s similar to Pampas grass but the flower fronds are smaller and often have a pink cast to them. This is another easy growing plant and it spreads quickly. If you have a sunny corner that needs some height and interest, this is the one for you!
Another varient is the Miscanthus Rigoletto
This beautifully graceful grass glows in the late summer sun with its arching blades of creamy white and green stripes. At around 3′ tall, it’s smaller than the larger Miscanthus which can grow anything from 6′ to 8′ tall.
Pennisetum Fountain Grass ‘ Hameln’
The perfect fall plant to add to your garden. It forms a fountaining clump of dark foliage that turns a lovely amber in the fall and has pinky-brown, soft foxtail-like flowers that make nice cut flowers as well. It is perfect for the front or middle of the flower border in a container garden. Growing 24” tall and 30” wide.
Helenium ‘Short and Sassy’
Perfect compliment to fountain grass or even in containers. These gorgeous summer flowers produce clusters of yellow blooms edged with shades of orange. This is a very reliable garden plant. In full sun, this plant will grow to be 12-18” tall and 24” wide.
Crocosmia ‘Emily McKenzie’
One of the most dramatic late summer bloomers is the crocosmia. This clump forming, grass-like plant, sports flame orange flowers with a red center and a yellow throat and makes a gorgeous cut flower. In full sun, this plant will grow 30-48” tall and 18” wide.