Everyone’s gardens are reaching their peak right now with all the summer flowering beauties out there.  If your garden could use a little boost, here are some great plants to add some summer color.  These are also fantastic plants because they bloom for such a long time.  Use them in combination with shrubs as background to complement their colors as they emerge.  Keep in mind that many mid-late summer bloomers can be slow to come up in spring so give them some time.  Right now all perennials are on SALE – Buy 5, Get 6th Plant FREE!

Joe Pye Weed

  • Purple stems, dark leaves, flower heads at top
  • Full sun and moisture, also attracts butterflies like crazy
  • several varieties, same look but different heights
  • Standard is about 6’+ tall
  • Gateway 4-6’ x 3-5’ wide,  Little Joe 3-4’ tall and wide

Black-eyed Susan

  • Gold flowers with dark centers, large, dark green leaves
  • Goldsturm very common,  2’ tall and wide, but can spread more
  • Bloom July into September


  • Not just pale purple/pink anymore
  • Dark pinks, white, orange, yellows, red/orange
  • Sizes vary


  • Latin for star, shape of the flowers, shade of purple or blues
  • Smaller under 2 ‘ to 6’+, like full sun, light shade, moisture
  • Blooms usually start in August, Purple Dome & Woods Blue are common

 Helenium or Sneezeweed

  • Little more water hungry, full sun, about 3-4’ tall, 2 feet of space
  • ‘Salsa’ and ‘Sombrero’ – small daisy like flowers, dark red or yellow
  • Great long blooming addition to the garden


  • Upright rather than spreading types are late bloomers, butterflies like them, drought tolerant
  • Autumn Joy – green leaves, 2 ‘ tall and wide, pink flowers
  • Matrona – leaves have a purple pink color to edge, less than 2’ tall, flowers pink
  • Purple Emperor – dark purple leaves, pink purple flowers