Annuals have been getting a lot attention at this time of year. A lot of gardeners don’t realize that there are still lots of perennials that can be planted during the summer. The popular tropical Hibiscus and the seemingly always in bloom day lily, are two of the best for sunny spots. Hosta, arguably our customer’s favorite shady spot plant, also thrive during this time of year.

If you want a captivating focal point, Hibiscus are an amazing option. Their large blooms, usually between four to five inches long, hang from thin stems. Those blooms only last for about 24 hours, but new blooms replace them every day. You’ll find them in all sorts of colors as well: Red, orange, yellow, pink, purple, and multicolored!


You have to water your Hibiscus regularly to replicate their natural conditions in the tropics. Wet, humid conditions, especially when the weather is hot. Since Hibiscus are tropicals, they’ll die back in colder weather. You should still water them, just significantly less. Hibiscus can be grown in both pots and in the soil as well, so you can use them in a variety of ways. There are even two different styles to consider in bush and braided form!

Day lilies are still in bloom as well. You can count on these guys to add color to your garden both immediately and many summers down the road. They’re resilient and hardy, able to survive a variety of sub-optimal conditions, and still possess incredible beauty. We carry tons of different varieties that come in all different colors. The Stella D’oro, a particularly pretty yellow variant, was our Perennial of the Week early in June!

While day lilies and Hibiscus thrive in full sun, Hosta prefer shady areas. We’ve talked about these incredible green perennials in depth several times in this blog. For any garden with empty shady spots, hostas are an ideal fit.

The hot summer weather doesn’t signal the end of the gardening season! There are several beautiful plants that you can add this time of year. Come check out our selection to find the perennial your garden needs. We’ve got plenty of summer blooming annuals as well!

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