“The earth laughs in flowers.”
One of the most important parts of creating a beautiful garden is choosing the right plants. Creative plant combinations can turn your home, yard, or outdoor space into a beautiful masterpiece, adding color, texture, and depth.
1. BECKY SHASTA DAISY
A summer standard in the garden. The notable characteristics of ‘Becky’ lead to it winning Perennial Plant of the Year in 2003. Tall, extra large, super bright flowers bloom June to September. Deadhead spent blossoms to create more blooms, but don’t worry about the flowers flopping over. Divide this daisy every few years to maintain its health and to share it with friends!
2. VIETTE’S LITTLE SUZY BLACK EYED SUSAN
A super late summer bloomer for the front of your garden beds – it only grows to be about 18″ tall! Plant in the full sun for the best flower production. Once established, it is drought tolerant. Leave dead flowers on the stem for winter interest!
3. VANILLA STRAWBERRY HYDRANGEA
Beautiful 10″ blooms begin mid-summer and will last until fall. Beginning white, flowers change to pink and fade to a red/burgundy. Since the flowers emerge at different times, youcan have all three variations of color at once! ‘Vanilla Strawberry’ is a relative of the beloved Pee Gee Hydrangea. This shrub grows upright and blossoms are held on contrasting red stems.
4. RUBY SPICE SUMMERSWEET
Fragrant pink blossoms form in late summer and thrive in shady spots. This spiky flowered shrub loves moist soil conditions and creates a dense hedge if you are patient (it’s a slow grower). A great addition to a woodland garden. ‘Ruby Spice’ also offers an excellent fall color display.
5. PEE GEE HYDRANGEA
This classic hydrangea variety is a must in all cottage gardens. ‘Pee Gee’ dates back to the 1860’s! Huge white flowers appear in late summer and fade to shades of pink in fall – soil pH does not affect flower color. It’s is a sun loving, fast growing shrub that can be pruned to a tree form. Also known as the most cold hardy hydrangea available.
6. LUNA ROSE HARDY HIBISCUS
Another beautiful hibiscus is in bloom. This hibiscus has the largest flower of any perennial – measuring 8-10″ across! It is also a dwarf grower, reaching 3′ tall and wide. Unlike the ‘Plum Crazy’ variety we recently highlighted, ‘Luna Rose’ is extremely drought tolerant, as long as it is planted before the heat of summer sets in. A definite eye catcher in the garden or in your containers!
7. PLUM CRAZY HARDY HIBISCUS
Deep pink, frilly flowers look as though they are crafted from crepe paper. A late spring/early summer bloomer that will flower through September – don’t get nervous when it doesn’t bloom in June, it needs warm soil temperatures. Plant in full sun for the most flowers and best foliage color. ‘Plum Crazy’ is NOT drought tolerant, so make sure it has wet feet.
8. SNOWFLAKE OAKLEAF HYDRANGEA
Continuing with our hydrangea theme . . . Snowflake provides four season interest. The focus of the spring is the new lush leaf growth (which is similar to that of an Oak tree leaf). Exquisite white, grape-like, double flower clusters appear throughout summer – somewhat comparable to falling snow! The leaf fall color includes shades of red, purple and bronze, while the flowers change to deep rose pink. Exfoliating bark is highlighted once the leaves drop for winter. This variety can certainly hold its own as a specimen in the garden.
9. MARIESII VARIEGATED LACECAP HYDRANGEA
The photo speaks for itself – not your typical hydrangea! Variegated leaves and lacecap flowers make this a very special plant. This variety is a larger grower, maturing at 4-6′ tall and wide. As with all hydrangea, plant it in a spot with morning sun and afternoon shade for the best success.
10. VIVALDI ASIATIC LILY
Flowers appear in late June on this particular lily. Although it is not a fragrant variety, the pastel pink petals and white centers more than make up for unscented blooms. Sturdy stems and abundant buds create the perfect choice for perennial borders, stand alone plantings, container gardens, or cut flowers in arrangements.
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11. ANTHONY WATERER SPIREA
The deep pink blooms on the Anthony Waterer Spirea are sure to brighten up any garden. Feel free to plant spirea in the full sun, even if there are grazing deer on the property (they are generally deer resistant). This dwarf cultivar will flower all summer long with no deadheading – a true low maintenance shrub.
12. CITYLINE VIENNA HYDRANGEA
Another new and improved macrophylla that requires ZERO maintenance – a true dwarf that doesn’t need pruning to stay compact. Blooms range from deep fuchsia pink to intense blue depending on soil conditions. Sturdy stems prevent the huge blossoms from flopping over.
13. KOUSA DOGWOOD
The Kousa Dogwood blooms about a month later than common dogwoods, extending the season for dogwood lovers. This small sized ornamental tree suits most yards with its gorgeous flower display, great fall color, attractive red fruit, and exfoliating patchwork bark. It’s vase-shaped habit allows it to be used for screening or a specimen in the landscape.
14. ENGLISH BUTTERFLY PEACOCK BUTTERFLY BUSH
A great perennial option for those of you with deer in the neighborhood. This butterfly bush remains around 5′ tall at maturity, making it much more user friendly in the garden. As the name suggests, butterflies will flock to the extra large flowers during the summer.
15. BLUE SHADOW FOTHERGILLA
We feel the leaf is more striking than the flower! Fragrant white flowers just completed their bloom and now the powder blue leaves can steal the show for the summer. This dwarf shrub is excellent in foundation plantings or in a woodland border. Stay tuned for their outstanding fall color display.
16. FOREVER & EVER BLUE HEAVEN HYDRANGEA
A new take on the classic mophead. This variety reblooms throughout the summer on both old and new stems. Soil pH determines whether the oversized blooms are vivid blue or pink. Blue Heaven is great in the garden, in a container, or dried in an arrangement.
17. MANDARIN HONEYSUCKLE
A favorite among all hummingbirds. Orange flower buds open to expose a yellow inside. An exceptional climber great for pergolas, fences, and arbors
18. REDVEIN ENKIANTHUS
A spring bloomer with delicate bell-shaped flowers that cascade from pinkish red to white. Spectacular fall color ranges from yellow to orange to red. Plant as a specimen for dual season interest.
19. SOPHY’S ROSE
Part of the David Austin English Rose Collection, Sophy’s Rose offers many great attributes in a single plant : double flower bloom, fragrant, repeat blooming, fungus resistant – the list goes on. . . A must have!
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20. CHARLES JOHNSTON DAYLILY
Bright red/magenta blooms open at dawn and close up at dusk. Even though the flowers last only one day (hence the name), this variety makes each day special. Lucky for us, Charles Johnston is a repeat bloomer!
21. GILES VAN HEES SPEEDWELL
A great deer-resistant groundcover option! Bright pink flower spikes last from June until colder fall weather sets in. An easy, low maintenance choice for the edge of your planting beds.
22. OLYMPIC WEDDING MOUNTAIN LAUREL
From pale pink buds emerge exquisite flowers. This variety is an all star in the landscape : deer and rabbit resistant, native, low maintenance, evergreen, and offers one of a kind flower display. Be sure to plant it where you can enjoy the show!
23. SUMMER SKY CONEFLOWER
A new variety for us at Cording Landscape Design. Bi-color orange and pink flowers bloom summer through fall. This fragrant coneflower is a great choice to brighten up any garden.
24. STELLAR PINK DOGWOOD
Another great choice for woodland gardens or a specimen in a formal setting. This dogwood provides year round interest with its light pink spring blossoms, dense, shade-casting crown, and the combination of multicolored fall leaves and bright red fruit. Enjoyed by people and butterflies alike!
25. HARTLAGE WINE SWEETSHRUB
An extremely fragrant shrub that tends to be deer resistant among some of the hungriest herds. ‘Hartlage Wine’ introduces a deep rose/maroon star-shaped bloom to woodland gardens.