Get tons of long-lasting blooms
By: Garden Gate staff
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A bold look for summer
Now’s the perfect time to think about the changes that will make your garden its best yet. Seed and plant catalogs have started arriving in the mail, and new plants will hit local garden centers soon — what will you add this year?
To get nonstop color all summer, just like at left, start by carefully checking plant tags to make sure there’s always something in flower. To find out more about the blooms here, just click ahead.
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Jupiter’s beard, also called “red valerian,” and anthemis are two of the longest blooming perennials. They reseed easily, along with Rocky Mountain penstemon, spreading around your garden wherever their seeds land. Deadhead and remove seedheads when they form to keep them under control. Plus, this is a great combo if you have difficult growing conditions — these plants are tolerant of poor, dry soil.
A – Jupiter’s beard (Centranthus ruber) Perennial; fragrant rose-crimson or white flowers in late spring to early summer; full sun to part shade; 18 to 36 in. tall, 24 to 30 in. wide; cold zones 5 to 8 heat zones 8 to 1
B – Anthemis (Anthemis tinctoria) Perennial; yellow flowers from summer to fall; full sun; 18 to 24 in. tall, 18 to 24 in. wide; cold zones 3 to 9, heat zones 9 to 1
C – Rocky Mountain penstemon (Penstemon strictus) Perennial; blue flowers in early summer; full sun to part shade; 24 to 36 in. tall, 18 to 24 in. wide; cold zones 4 to 9, heat zones 9 to 1
D – ‘Katherine Dykes’ potentilla (Potentilla fruticosa) Shrub; canary yellow flowers from late spring to midfall; full sun to part shade; 2 to 3 ft. tall, 3 to 5 ft. wide; cold zones 3 to 8, heat zones 8 to 1