Hopefully you’ve had several delighted, “Oh my gosh!” moments when gazing out at your garden this summer. But lately if you find yourself having disappointing, “… Oh… my gosh,” moments, you’re not alone. Late summer can be rough on plants, whether they burn up or just stop blooming altogether.
So to get some inspiration, I took a stroll through our trial and display gardens to see what was looking lovely despite the high heat and humidity. My walk did not disappoint, I left with plenty of ideas to share! Here are three of the gorgeous late summer bloomers I found. ↓ Check out this video to see all five.
It brings the drama, but only the good kind. Roses of Sharon have a bad wrap for being aggressive, but we haven’t found a nuisance seedling under this blue beaut, ever. And while this hibiscus looks as tropical as can be, it overwinters easily down to zone 5 and keeps growing off of old wood (unlike the perennial or tropical kind). Perfect for gardeners who love low maintenance plants with big appeal.
I am all in when it comes to gardening. Almost every part of the experience delights me – new leaves emerging in spring, pollinators buzzing in summer, birds devouring berries in fall, and the somber beauty of seed heads in winter. Thanks to a background in horticulture and gardening my own clay-filled, flowery USDA zone 5b plot, I’ve learned plenty of practical things as well. I like sharing these joys and lessons with my fellow gardeners and soon-to-be gardeners any way I can.