Summer is in full swing right now and the perennial garden is
bursting with color. While the spring-blooming perennials are just a
memory, it's time for the summer-blooming perennials to take center
stage. There are lots of summer-blooming perennials that span the
entire season from early summer to early autumn and many are my
favorites. Click on a plant name to order it from Pernell Gerver's
are some of the easiest perennials to grow in the garden. Insects
and diseases are not a problem, they are drought tolerant, grow well
in hot, sunny spots in the garden, and, probably their best
attribute, they begin blooming in very early summer and continue
blooming all summer long right into autumn. They attract hummingbirds
and butterflies to the garden and their large flowers are very long
lasting when cut. The flowers are held on tall, stiff, sturdy stems
that seldom need staking and the stems can grow up to four feet high
on some varieties. The variety 'After
Midnight' is a dwarf variety, growing just a foot tall that
bears large, dark-magenta-purple flowers with a black-red cone. The
flowers are fragrant, which is unique for purple coneflower. The
large flowers bloom atop well-branched, blue-green foliage.
best summer-blooming perennial for shade is Ligularia
'The Rocket.' It grows in
the deepest, darkest shade there is. In my own garden, it's growing
on the north side of my potting shed under the shade of tall trees.
It never sees sun, but it's thriving and blooming. It forms a
two-foot-wide mound of interesting, triangular leaves. The leaves
have deeply-serrated edges, giving them a prehistoric look. In
summer, five-foot-tall deep purple flower stems rise through the
foliage and bear bright-yellow flowers.
Parcandana 'Dazzler' is a
summer-blooming perennial with attractive foliage and eye-catching
flowers. The foliage of this interesting perennial resembles iris or
gladiolus. In midsummer it bears dozens of star-shaped flowers on
slender flower spikes that rise above the foliage. Flower colors
include a mix of bright red, orange, yellow, purple, and pink - many
with freckled blooms.
are in full bloom right now in the garden. There are over 45,000
different daylilies, so narrowing it down to just a few is
challenging. I do have some favorites, though. 'Barbara
Mitchell' is a small daylily with rounded,
six-inch-wide, ruffled, lavender-pink flowers with a yellow-green
throat. It begins blooming in early summer and repeats bloom all
summer long. Its flower scapes are well branched, providing an
abundance of blooms. It grows just 20 inches tall and is a good
choice for a small garden.
Cinderella' is a medium daylily with four-inch-wide, wavy,
blush-pink flowers with a rose-red eyezone. A chartreuse throat
contrasts nicely with the eyezone. It begins blooming in May and
repeats bloom all summer long. Its flowers bloom on 28-inch scapes.
garden phlox begins blooming in midsummer and continues into autumn.
There are many different tall garden phlox with a wide range of
flower colors and sizes. A new tall garden phlox that quickly became
my favorite is 'Peppermint Twist.' The flowers of this phlox are
stunning. It bears large flower clusters that carry striking,
bi-colored flowers. Each flower petal is bright pink with a distinct
band of white running down the center, giving the flower a striking
pinwheel pattern. The flowers bloom in midsummer atop compact,
16-inch stems and are colorful for weeks. Removing spent flowers
encourages side shoots to develop, prolonging the bloom period. It
also has good disease resistance. Because of its small size, it's a
tall garden phlox that can be planted near the front of the flower
bed or border, instead of in the back like most tall garden phlox.