Episode 141: Summer Color – FineGardening

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Around here we’re not fans of the f-word. No, not that f-word. We’re talking about FALL. In our minds that cooler weather is still a long way off, so we’ve decided to celebrate the dog days of summer by talking about plants that really put on a show in August. When much of the garden is looking tired and bedraggled, these plants add a colorful punch to the scene. Some unexpected perennials and shrubs dominate our lists and for those who have been demanding it—Peter is back with his take on the end of summer. In true Peter fashion though, he’ll be discussing ice cream and…the solar system? Well, his segment will be entertaining, that’s for sure.

 Expert guest: Cheyenne Wine is a writer and photographer at Rare Roots Nursery in Virginia, and a regular contributor to Bagicha Bazaar’s Southeast regional reports.

 

Danielle’s Plants

Sombrero® Granada Gold coneflower
Sombrero® Granada Gold coneflower

Sombrero® Granada Gold coneflower (Echinacea ‘Balsomold’, Zones 4-9)

Scarlet rose mallow
Scarlet rose mallow

Scarlet rose mallow (Hibiscus coccineus, Zones 6-9)

Coral Crème Drop™ garden phlox
Coral Crème Drop™ garden phlox

Coral Crème Drop™ garden phlox (Phlox paniculata ‘Ditomdre’, Zones 3-8)

Quick Fire® panicle hydrangea
Quick Fire® panicle hydrangea

Quick Fire® panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Bulk’, Zones 4-8)

 

Carol’s Plants

‘Dark Knight’ blue mist shrub
‘Dark Knight’ blue mist shrub

‘Dark Knight’ blue mist shrub (Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Dark Knight’, Zones 5-9)

Mexican sunflower
Mexican sunflower

Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia, annual)

Small yellow baptisia
Small yellow baptisia

Small yellow baptisia (Baptisia tinctoria, Zones 3-9)

‘Purple Supreme’ smoke bush in August, after a spring cutback
‘Purple Supreme’ smoke bush in August, after a spring cutback

‘Purple Supreme’ smoke bush (Cotinus ‘Purple Supreme’, Zones 5-8)

 

Expert’s Plants

'Cherry Choco Latte' rose mallow
‘Cherry Choco Latte’ rose mallow

 ‘Cherry Choco Latte’ rose mallow (Hibiscus x moscheutos ‘Cherry Choco Latte’, Zones 4-9)

Blue cardinal flower
Blue cardinal flower

Blue cardinal flower (Lobelia siphilitica, Zones 4-9)

'HAM AND EGGS' LANTANA
‘HAM AND EGGS’ LANTANA

‘Ham and Eggs’ lantana (Lantana camara ‘Ham and Eggs’, Zones 7b-11)

Vanilla Strawberry panicle hydrangea
Vanilla Strawberry panicle hydrangea

Vanilla Strawberry panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Renhy’, Zones 3-8)

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