What’s Blooming Now: July

July 26, 2017

With all the sunshine recently, we are really getting a great flower show throughout the Pacific Northwest. While there are a ton of different beautiful bloomers out there this time of year, these are just a couple of our favorites but it’s a very small sampling of the plants you’ll see blooming this time of year.

Black Stem Big Leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Nigra’): If you’re a big fan of hydrangeas, add this to your must see list if you haven’t already! Like the name suggests, this big leaf hydrangea has purplish black stems which really stand out against the blooms. The Black Stem Big Leaf Hydrangea prefers partial sun and consistently moist, but well-drained soil. It can reach 4-6 feet tall and wide.

Black Stem Big Leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla 'Nigra')

Black Stem Big Leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Nigra’)

May Night Salvia (Salvia x sylvestris ‘May Night’): This compact herbaceous perennial has spikes of deep violet flowers starting in Spring and re-blooms throughout the summer. Both hummingbirds and butterflies are attracted to salvia. This salvia does best in full sun and is fairly fast growing but will only get about 2 feet tall and wide. May Night Salvia will tolerate drought after it’s been established. Removing spent flowers will help it to rebloom.

May Night Salvia (Salvia x sylvestris 'May Night') Photo Courtesy of Monrovia

May Night Salvia (Salvia x sylvestris ‘May Night’) Photo Courtesy of Monrovia

Minor Black Weigela (Weigela florida ‘Minor Black’): The Minor Black Weigela is a deciduous dwarf shrub with dark purple foliage. Throughout summer it also has rosy pink flowers that attracts hummingbirds. It likes full sun and well-drained soil and gets to be 2 feet tall and wide.

Minor Black (Weigala florida 'Minor Black')

Minor Black (Weigala florida ‘Minor Black’)

Lil Bang Red Elf Tickseed (Coreopsis x ‘Red Elf’): This bright deciduous perennial has bright red blooms with yellow centers. In the heat of summer, flowers may also become tipped with white. It only gets to be about 18 inches tall and has a mounding habit which works well in smaller gardens. It likes full sun best and moist, well-drained soil. Lil Bang Red Elf Tickseed can be divided in Spring.

Lil Bang Red Elf Tickseed (Coreopsis x 'Red Elf')

Lil Bang Red Elf Tickseed (Coreopsis x ‘Red Elf’)

Crocosmia: This herbaceous perennial has tubular shaped flowers that come in various shades of yellow, orange, and red. Foliage has a coarse grass like texture that arches over gracefully. Crocosmia does best in moist, well-drained soil and full sun.

Crocosmia

Crocosmia

Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia): Even though this is a well-known summer bloomer, we still love it! It comes in a variety of sizes to suit different gardens and really brightens up any space. Daisy like flowers come in various shades from bright yellow with dark centers to muted red with maroon centers. Once established, Rudbeckia doesn’t need much watering or maintenance other than deadheading to encourage reblooming. Plant in full sun.

Rudbeckia

Rudbeckia

Peach Blossom Astilbe (Astilbe x rosea ‘Peach Blossom’): The Peach Blossom Astilbe has deciduous fern-like green foliage. In summer, it has large spikes of showy, light pink flowers. It gets to be about 18” tall and wide and prefers consistently moist soil and part to full shade. This can also be divided.

Peach Blossom Asilbe (Astilbe x rosea 'Peach Blossom') Photo Courtesy of Dobbies Garden Centre

Peach Blossom Asilbe (Astilbe x rosea ‘Peach Blossom’) Photo Courtesy of Dobbies Garden Centre

Looking to spruce up your garden with these July blooming plants or redo your landscaping completely? Contact us to see how we can help!

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