9 Flowers Blooming Right Now (And Into Fall!)

Editor's Note, August 25, 2017: Hardy Geranium 'Rozanne' may not be available in August but should be available again in early September. Begonias are no longer available. Please ask us for substitutions and alternatives!

Despite the common perception that summer = an abundance of flowers, August can actually be a somewhat brown time in the garden. Many of the plants that are in bloom in late spring to early summer have tapered off, and the fall garden is not quite up to full speed. 

What is needed is a little late-summer color to spruce up the garden, even better if the plants continue to bloom well into fall. Luckily, there are plenty of flowers that are in their prime right now and that will keep on blooming into fall or even until frost!

Here are a few of our favorite "August-and-beyond" flowering plants for the Pacific Northwest:


1. Rudbeckia fulgida (Black-Eyed Susan)

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Did you know that Rudbeckia is considered one of the top 10 perennials of all time? It's a reliable and long-lived plant, with masses of deep yellow flowers that attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and beneficial insects. It also makes a great cutting flower.

  • Blooms July-October
  • Full Sun
  • 24"-36" High and 18"-24" Wide
  • Perennial

2. Abelia x Grandiflora

Pictured: Abelia 'Edward Goucher' (left), Abelia 'Lucky Lots' (right)

Abelia is one of our favorite compact shrubs. 'Edward Goucher' is densely branched with a graceful arching habit and fragrant pink flowers July to October. 'Lucky Lots' has green leaves with a delicate, white margin and pale pink to white flowers summer to fall. 

  • Blooms Summer-Fall 
  • Full Sun to Part Shade
  • 36"-72" High and Wide, depending on variety
  • Evergreen Shrub

3. Caryopteris

Caryopteris is an upright shrub with blooms from midsummer to frost. 'Beyond Midnight' (shown above) has a compact habit, dark, glossy foliage and deep purple-blue flowers that are a favorite with pollinators of all types! Prefers well-drained soil.

  • Blooms July-September
  • Full Sun to Part Shade
  • 24"-36" High and Wide
  • Deciduous Shrub

4. Echinacea (Coneflower)

Pictured: Echinacea 'White Swan' and 'Aloha' (left), Echinacea 'Double Scoop Cranberry' (right)

Echinacea are a staple of summer, attracting pollinators of all kinds (including butterflies) and bringing cheerful color to the garden. Cut flowers last 10 days or more in bouquets. With a wide variety of colors and styles, there is an Echinacea for everyone!

  • Blooms July-October
  • Full Sun to Part Shade
  • 24"-36" High and 24" Wide, depending on variety
  • Perennial

5. Geranium 'Rozanne' (Rozanne Hardy Geranium)

A lovely spreading plant that inspires singing of Police songs at the top of one's lungs (despite the fact that it is pronounced Rosanne). This perennial is outstanding for full sun sites with summer water. The clear blue flowers with white eyes are abundant all summer long. 

  • Blooms April-October
  • Full Sun
  • 18" High and 36" Wide
  • Perennial

6. Coreopsis

Pictured: Coreopsis 'Bengal Tiger' (left), Coreopsis Leading Lady 'Sophia' (right)

Sweet, sunny Coreopsis are easy-to-grow members of the Sunflower family whose blooms attract butterflies and whose seed heads attract birds. Several varieties are available in bright, warm tones. Prefers well-drained soil.

  • Blooms June-Frost
  • Full Sun to Part Shade
  • 18"-24" Tall and 24" Wide, depending on variety
  • Perennial

7. Gaura lindheimeri (Whirling Butterflies)

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The name Whirling Butterflies says it all. These attractive plants look like a cloud of butterflies fluttering in the afternoon breeze. 'Pink Lady' is a compact variety with deep pink flowers. It is heat and drought tolerant once established but must have perfect drainage in the winter to survive (add gravel and not compost to the soil when planting).

  • Blooms June-October
  • Full Sun
  • 16"-48" Tall and 18"-48" Wide, depending on variety
  • Perennial

8. Agastache

Pictured: Agastache 'Peachie Keen' (left), Agastache 'Blue Boa' (right)

Agastache is a dependable summer bloomer, with aromatic spikes of flowers in a variety of colors and shapes. Best of all, hummingbirds love this plant! Prefers well-draining soil as Agastache hates wet feet. Drought tolerant once established.

  • Blooms Summer to Fall
  • Full Sun to Part Shade
  • 20"-36" Tall and 16"-32" Wide, depending on variety
  • Perennial

9. Begonia

Begonias are fleshy plants with green, reddish, or bronze leaves and single, double, frilled, or rose-shaped blooms in bright, rich colors. These annuals can be upright or trailing. Begonias bloom continuously from late spring to frost and are easy to maintain.

  • Blooms Late Spring to Frost
  • Full Sun to Shade, depending on variety
  • 6"-12" Tall and Wide
  • Annual 

There are, of course, many other plants that can add color in late summer and fall (Dahlias, Hydrangeas, Phlox, Fuchsias, Asters... the list goes on and on). Here at Swansons, we'd love to walk you through the best options for your specific space. Just ask us in person or use #heyswansons on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Happy summer and happy planting!