Our TOP TEN Plants For Late Summer

The later part of summer brings with it some of the most spectacular colours in the garden. August arrives, and the late season perennials and shrubs burst into bloom! Summer flowering shrubs and perennials blaze in the landscape, and most of them require very little maintenance. Here are our TOP TEN plants for late summer colour. Add them to your garden now and enjoy until frost!


1) Panicle Hydrangeas

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The conical blooms arrive on these beautiful, easy-to-grow shrubs in July and deepen in colour through late summer. Best varieties include Limelight, Limelight Prime, Quick Fire, Quick Fire Fab, and dwarf varieties Bobo, Little Lime, and Fire Light Tidbit.

Learn more about growing Hydrangeas here!


2) Rose Of Sharon

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Worth the wait! Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus) offer BIG blooms in purples, pinks, and whites. Add to the background of a mixed border, or in a group for a wall of flowers. Grows 6′ high and 5′ wide. Plant in full sun.


3) Japanese Maples

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Warm hues begin to glow in August on these small-space favourites, and brighten through the Fall. Easy to grow, these accent trees are slow growing and are a must have in any landscape!


4) Echinacea

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A rainbow of colours are available on these pollinator-friendly perennials. Coneflowers bloom in summer and fall, forming a showy, upright clump which is a favourite feeding station for many butterflies. Seed heads are useful in dried arrangements. Grows 3′ high and 1.5′ wide.


5) Rudbeckia

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Classic black-eyed Susan brings rich gold to the garden. Plants make a bushy, upright clump with a profuse display of brown-eyed, golden-orange daisies from midsummer through the fall. A terrific choice for mass planting, combining especially well with ornamental grasses. Excellent for cutting and attractive to butterflies!


6) Japanese Anemone

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Large blooms dance on stems above attractive foliage. This Proven Winners selection is a great addition for late season colour.  Semi-double rosy pink flowers abound on a large mound of dark green leaves.  Grows 24″ high and wide.


7) Coral Bells

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Explore a range of colours all season in sun or shade! Coral Bells are an easy to grow perennial with attractive foliage and small airy blooms. Effective in mixed borders, or try adding to a mixed patio planter for extra texture and interest.


8) Helenium

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Bright orange, red, and yellow in dense clusters of flowers. Helenium, also known as Sneezeweed, is a brilliant addition for late season colour.  Their daisy-like blooms in hot shades are heat and drought tolerant once established. Grows 14″ high and wide.  Plant in full sun.


9) Stella D’Oro Daylilies

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This is by far the most popular Daylily selection of all time, because it performs so well in all zones, flowering for months on end. Stella D’Oro Daylily forms a dense clump of grassy green foliage, with upright stems of fragrant, golden-yellow trumpet flowers. Easy to plant and grow, blooming all summer long.

10) Sedum

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The unique flowers of Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ are long-lasting and easy to enjoy. This tough, hardy perennial grows approximately 24 inches tall and wide, and blooms from August to frost. Thick, waxy leaves are succulent and drought-tolerant, and this plant can grow in sandy soils. Attracts pollinators!


Summer Garden Tips:

Planting new shrubs and perennials? Help to ensure success by digging large planting holes, and amend with nutrient rich TERRA Plus 3 Mix (triple mix) when planting. Keep new plantings well watered in the first 2 weeks, and use a transplant solution to reduce shock and help new roots to establish faster!

Right now is a great time to feed established shrubs and perennials!

Try Miracle Gro Shake N Feed for easy feeding with organic ingredients, including kelp, earthworm castings, feather meal, and bone meal.

This unique plant food nourishes plants to help them grow stronger, vibrant, and more productive.





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