Our Picks: AUgust

Summer is still going strong but we know that Fall will be here soon enough. These plants keep us in a summertime mood while performing well when the weather begins to cool.

 
 
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Helenium 'Short N' Sassy'

This dwarf Helenium has glowing orange and gold blooms mid-summer through fall. Grows about anywhere so it's a great plant for beds, borders, and containers. Excellent for cut flower arrangements. Combines well with Echinacea and Gaura.

  • Full sun
  • Average, well-drained soil; low-water use plant
  • 2' tall x 18" wide
  • Perennial
 
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Anemone x hybridus 'september charm'

A great choice for the late summer and fall garden. Silvery pink flowers August through September. This plant needs little attention once it is established and spreads to a large clump.  Look beautiful when combined with Miscanthus grass and silver-leaved shrubs.

  • Sun to partial shade
  • Average to dry soil; low-water use plant
  • 2' tall x 3-4' wide
  • Perennial
 
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Arctostaphylos pajaroensis 'Warren Roberts'

'Warren Roberts' is an outstanding Manzanita with glowing red new growth in spring and summer that fades to beautiful blue-green foliage. Pale pink, urn-shaped flowers appear in late winter to early spring. Red-brown, peeling bark is an added bonus.

  • Full sun
  • Well-drained soil
  • 4-6' tall x 5-8' wide
  • Shrub
 
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Echinacea Purpurea 'Double Scoop Cranberry' & Achillea 'Sunny Seduction'

Two sun-loving perennials that go well together, Echinacea and Achillea (Yarrow) attract bees and butterflies and add brilliant color to the garden. Yarrow comes in a variety of colors while Echinacea has many colors as well as flower styles.

  • Full sun
  • Well-drained soil; low water-use plants
  • 2-4' tall x 2-3' wide
  • Perennial
 
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Nandina domestica 'Gulf Stream'

This outstanding shrub displays attractive foliage in all four seasons. New growth is orangey-scarlet maturing to a blue-green color in summer. Hardy and virtually pest and disease free, this plant also has the added bonus of beautiful fall color.

  • Sun to partial shade
  • Well-drained soil
  • 3-4' tall and wide
  • Shrub
 
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Zinnias

Cheerful, bright colors and long blooms make Zinnia a favorite in the garden and in containers. Deadheading spent flowers will result in more blooms. Zinnias attract butterflies and make great cut flower displays.

  • Full sun
  • Rich, well-drained soil
  • 12"-3' tall and wide, depending on variety
  • Annual
 
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Dahlias

Dahlias have breathtaking blooms right until first frost and come in an astonishing variety of colors, sizes, and flower styles. These plants are tubers that often return year after year, especially if planted in well-drained soil or if dug up in the fall and stored in a cool indoor location to plant outside in late spring.

  • Full sun
  • Rich, well-drained soil
  • 12"-6' tall x 12"-3' wide, depending on variety
  • Tuberous-rooted tender perennial
 

Solidago x 'Little Lemon'

Little Lemon Dwarf Goldenrod is a compact, long-blooming plant with cheerful, lemon-yellow flower spikes that arch gracefully in September and October. Attracts bees and butterflies and looks great in the late summer with Echinacea, Agastache, and Penstemon.

  • Sun to partial shade
  • Average, well-drained soil
  • 12" tall and wide
  • Perennial