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Shrubs & Plants for Summer Color

You can enhance your garden's Summer appeal by planting shrubs and other plants that produce colorful flowers and/or foliage during the summer season.

Use the chart below to select summer-flowering plants for certain sun exposures, water needs, bloom season and USDA Zones

*Water Needs: Indicates needs once plants are established    

Click on a plant name to see plant

 Plant Name or Type Flower Color Summer Bloom Time Summer Foliage Berry Color USDA Zones
Abelia - - Multi-color - 6-9
Anise 'Florida Sunshine' - Illicium - - Yellow - 7-9
Azaleas - Encore 29 Colors Mid Green - 6-9 (varies)
Butterfly Bush - Buddleia Assorted Early-Late Grey-Green - 5-9
Crape Myrtle - Dwarfs Assorted Early-Late Green - 6-10 (varies)
Crape Myrtle - Trees Assorted Early-Late Green - 6-10 (varies)
Cypress 'Blue Ice' - - Silver-Blue Blue 6-9
Cypress "Gold Mop' - - Golden-Yellow - 5-10
Cypress 'Silver Smoke' - - Silver-Grey Blue 7-9
Gardenias White Early-Late (some) Dark Green - 7-11 (varies)
Hydrangeas Assorted Early-Late Green - 3-9 (varies)
Juniper 'Blue Star' - - Blue - 4-8
Lantana Assorted Early-Late Green - 7-11 (varies)
Loropetalums (Chinese Witchazel)  Pink, Red Early Purple - 7-10
Nandina 'Blush Pink' - - Dk. Pink - 6-10
Nandina 'Flirt' White Mid Red - 6-11
Nandina 'Obsession' White Mid Red - 6-11
Rose of Sharon - Althea (Hibiscus) Various Mid-Late Green - 4b-9 (varies)
Roses Assorted Early-Late Green - 4-11 (varies)
Spireas Assorted Early-Late Assorted - 5-9
Summersweet - Clethra Pink, White Early-Mid Green - 3-9
Viburnum 'Summer Snowflake' White Mid-Late Green - 5-9 (varies)
Yucca 'Color Guard' White Early-Mid Yellow - 4-9
           
Perennial Summer Color Plants Flower Color Summer Bloom Time Summer Foliage Berry Color USDA Zones
Acanthus (Bear's Breeches) White-Pink Early-Mid Green - 7-10
Achillea - Yarrow Assorted Early-Mid Green - 4-9
Agastache (Hummingbird Mint) Assorted Early-Late Green - 7-9
Artemisia (Wormwood) - - Silver-Grey - 5-9
Asclepias (Butterfly Milkweed) Pink, Orange Early-Late Green - 3-9
Autumn Fern - - Bronze-Orange - 3-8
Blue Star Creeper - Isotoma Light Blue Mid-Late Green - 5-9
Ceratostigma (Plumbago) Blue Early-Late Green - 4-9
Chelone (Turtlehead) Pink Late Dark Green - 3-8
Coreopsis (Tickseed) Assorted Early-Late Green - 5-8
Delosperma (Ice Plants) Assorted Early-Late Green - 5-11 (varies0
Digiplex (Foxglove) Orange-Pink Early-Late Green - 8-11
Dicliptera (Hummingbird Plant) Orange Early-Late Grey-Green - 7-10
Echinacea (Coneflowers) Assorted Early-Late Green - 4-8
Eupatorium (Joe Pye Weed) White, Pink Late Green - 4-8
Gaillardia (Blanket Flower) Assorted Early-Late Green - 5-10
Gaura (Wand Flower) White, Pink Early-Late Green - 5-10
Geranium (Cranesbill) Assorted Early-Late Green - 5-9
Helianthus (Sunflower) Yellow Mid-Late Green - 4-8
Hemerocallis (Daylily) Assorted Early-Late Green - 3-10 (varies)
Heuchera (Coral Bells) Assorted Early to Mid Assorted - 4-9
Hibiscus (Perennial) Assorted Early-Late Green - 4-9
Hosta Lily Assorted Early-Mid Assorted - 3-9
Kniphofia (Torch Lily) Assorted Early-Late Green - 5-8
Lamium Assorted Early Various - 3-11
Lamb's Ear - Stachys - - Silver-White - 4-9
Lavender Blue, Pink Early-Late Grey-Green - 8-11 (varies)
Leucanthemum (Shasta Daisy) White Early-Mid Dark Green - 4-9
Lysimachia (Creeping Jenny) - - Yellow - 4-9
Monarda (Bee Balm) Assorted Early-Mid Green - 4-9
Nepeta (Catmint) Blue Early-Late Grey-Green - 4-9
Penstemon (Beardstongue) Assorted Early-Mid Green - 5-8
Perovskia (Russian Sage) Blue, White Early-Mid Green - 5-8
Phlox (Garden Phlox) Assorted Mid Green - 4-8
Physostegia (Obedient Plant) Pink, White Mid-Late Green - 3-9
Platycodon (Balloon Flower) Blue Early-Mid Green - 3-9
Rudbeckia (Black-Eyed Susan) Yellow Mid-Late Green - 3-9
Salvia (Sages) Assorted Early-Late Green - 6-11 (varies)
Scabiosa (Pincushion Flower) Blue Early-Late Green - 4-9
Sedums Assorted Early-Mid Assorted - 3-11 (varies)
Stokesia (Stoke's Aster) Assorted Early-Mid Various - 5-10
Verbena Assorted Early-Late Green - 6-10 (varies)
Veronica - Upright Assorted Early-Late Green - 4-8

 

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