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Red Hot Late Summer Bloomers

Red Hot Late Summer Bloomers

By, Ann Meisoll

Do your gardens need a color boost in the late summer? If so, we’ve got some fantastic choices for long blooming perennials that will grow almost anywhere.

Agastache:  Agastache is a wonderful plant for the garden. They are part of the mint family, but have a very controlled growth pattern. Agastache are available in a number of colors, they are deer resistant, smell good, look beautiful, and are tough as nails!

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Coneflower:  Also known as echinacea, coneflowers are so easy to grow! They love full sun and goldfinches are attracted to the seed heads after the petals drop. Coneflowers come in a number of colors—all shades of purple and pink, and even yellow, orange and white.

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Hibiscus:  Perennial hibiscus have some of the biggest blooms you’ll ever see on a plant—almost dinnerplate size! They love sun and will thrive in a wet area where other plants won’t do so well. Hibiscus doesn’t need much care at all, other than some water.

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Garden phlox:  Garden phlox (aka upright phlox) has been in gardens forever. Many people remember them from their parents’ and grandparents’ gardens. These are tall phlox, not ground huggers. They’re also somewhat fragrant, with big cone-shaped bloom heads atop their stems.

Black Eyed Susans

Rudbeckia: Black eyed susans are one of the most popular perennials. They start blooming in midsummer, and with a little care, can bloom straight through a hard frost. Different shades of yellow and gold will light up any sunny corner of your garden. Goldfinches love the seed heads too, so be sure to leave some on the plants.

All of these fantastic perennials will attract bees, birds, butterflies and/or hummingbirds.

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