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Crop Photos

Where we share regular crop photos and plant availability updates.

Heat-Loving Perennials for Summer Color & Blooms!


Hot, hot, hot!

Here in the Carolinas, we are coming off of a week of high-90 degree temperatures. If there was ever a test for heat-loving perennials, this is it! Certain perennials thrive on these long stretches of dry heat to push blooms and show their true color.

By this time in the summer in Zone 7, late-spring color has faded, and these beauties add incredible pops of interest that will last until early-fall. This week we are showcasing some of these heat lovers that are reliable, drought-tolerant color wheels for what otherwise would be a dry and dull landscape.

Our favorite heat-loving perennials for mid-to-late summer color interest are listed below and included in our crop photo gallery.

  1. Coreopsis verticillata 'Enchanted Eve' Lil' Bang Tickseed 1 gallon

  2. Hemerocallis 'Stella de Oro' 1 gallon

  3. Echinacea purpurea 'PowWow Wildberry' 1 gallon

  4. Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm' 1 gallon

  5. Rhododendron 'Roblex', Encore Autumn Lily Azalea 3 gallon

  6. Hydrangea paniculata 'Jane', Little Lime Hydrangea 3 gallon

  7. Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Firewitch' 1 gallon

  8. Salvia nemerosa ‘May Knight’ 1 gallon

  9. Echinacea hybrida ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ 1 gallon

Right now is the time especially for Hydrangea paniculata varieties to begin pushing their conical blooms. We currently have 'Jane', Little Lime; 'Limelight'; and ‘Fire Light’ available. These sell fast, so call today to place an order.

Lastly, we are loving the stability and character that Distylium ‘Vintage Jade’ and ‘Coppertone’ are showing off right now. The structure and the rich green foliage are truly unmatched in a landscape this time of year. Adding these to full-sun plantings will compliment color and provide a spreading and mounding habit to a bed space.

Check out our full crop photo gallery below for additional grasses and other featured available material this week. For more summer plant and heat-loving perennial recommendations, contact our team today!

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