What’s Blooming Now: August

August 23, 2017

As the summer starts coming to a close, there are still many different plants blooming this month. This is just a small sampling of some of our favorites that can be seen this time of year.

Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) Coming in many different colors from pure white to bright pink, coneflowers really add a pop of color to the late summer garden. The flowers will attract butterflies and work well in perennial borders and in cut flower arrangements. Coneflowers prefer full sun and well-draining soil.

Echinacea purpurea

Echinacea purpurea

Hidcote Superior English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote Superior’) Most commonly used in cooking and essential oils, Hidcote Superior English Lavender has silvery green evergreen foliage. Spikes of flowers rise above the foliage in summer and have a darker shade of purple to them. On a warm summer day, you can really smell the flowers. It attracts butterflies and helps deter insects. Gets to be about 1 feet tall and wide. You can check out our plant of the month post about other varieties of lavender that are also blooming this time of year.

Hidcote Superior English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote Superior') Photo Courtesy of Monrovia

Hidcote Superior English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote Superior’) Photo Courtesy of Monrovia

Autumn Joy Sedum (Sedum x ‘Autumn Joy’) This herbaceous perennial has rose colored flowers in late summer that darken in color through fall. Autumn Joy Sedum prefers partial to full sun, well-drained soil, and doesn’t need too much water once established.

Autumn Joy Sedum (Sedum x 'Autumn Joy')

Autumn Joy Sedum (Sedum x ‘Autumn Joy’)

Burgundy Bunny Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Burgundy Bunny’) This ornamental grass has reddish green grass blades which turn more red in late summer/fall. It is topped with creamy flower plumes in late summer/early fall and works well along dry stream beds or as accent plants in sunny locations.

Burgundy Bunny Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Burgundy Bunny')

Burgundy Bunny Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Burgundy Bunny’)

Kaleidoscope Abelia (Abelia x grandiflora ‘Kaleidoscope’) In early spring, evergreen, tiny light-green leaves appear with bright yellow edges, maturing to have dark green centers and lime green edges. White flowers bloom in summer through fall which provide food for bees and butterflies. The growing season is finished beautifully as fall colors of red, orange, and yellow wash over this shrub. We suggest planting Abelia in full sun to get the best color transformation, but it will do fine in light shade also.

Kaleidoscope Abelia (Abelia grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope')

Kaleidoscope Abelia (Abelia grandiflora ‘Kaleidoscope’)

Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, Hibiscus moscheutos, Hibiscus syriacus) Hibiscus flowers are unique in that they only last for one day. But what the blooms lack in length, they make up for in bright colors! This shrub has foliage that ranges from bright green to dark maroon tinted and is deciduous in our area but may be evergreen in warmer, more southern climates. Each shrub has multiple blooms and comes in shades of pink, red, white, yellow, orange, and purple. Flowers are funnel-like and have noticeable stamens in the middle of each bloom that also come in a range of colors. Hibiscus’ prefer rich soils that are kept consistently moist and well-drained and will do best in full sun to partial sun.

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

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