Thank your lucky stars that tardy gardening is a project where procrastination pays off in nice late bloomers. Here's what's in bloom midsummer, loves sun, and with care should last until the first frost
Never mind the excuses. Just thank your lucky stars tardy gardening is a project where procrastination pays off in nice late bloomers. In fact, while more common plants begin to fizzle in the heat, unusual annuals and tropical perennials peak about this time of year. They're also cheap, as nurseries clear out old stock.
Here's what's in bloom now, loves sun, and with care should last until the first frost. They'll take to any container, but New York-based landscape designer Iris Kaplow says planting in a 48-inch window box or 4-by-4-foot viewing bed makes the biggest impact on visitors.
You didn't plant the spring tubers, so buy them potted and already in flower. Save tall varieties (3 inches or more) for beds.
In this and some other varieties, you're bound to get multiple blooms.
This is a fast-growing, heat-tolerant, "workhorse" flower. A little goes a long way.
The billowy blooms show well in containers.
As an accent in containers, the cascades, in deep maroon like this one or in bright chartreuse, are easy to find.
Fill in bare spots with the annual variety. Some types smell sweet.
This 4-foot-high grass makes for a good fill between tall flowers.
This tender perennial grows continually out west, annually back east.