Shrubs flowering in the Summer


Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii) is the staple in every butterfly garden (the white varieties seem to attract the most!). It is a colorful, long-blooming and intensely fragrant shrub.

Best planted in a location that is protected from harsh winter winds. It will die down in the winter, but shoot out from the ground in late spring. Even with the dye-back, it can still grow to 8 ft. tall in one season. It is somewhat scraggly and needs well-shaped partners.


Hydrangea macrophylla 'Blushing Bride'

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Endless Summer'


These new Hydrangeas bloom reliably even after a severe winter. Soil needs to be rich and moist. Best planted in morning sun and afternoon shade. they need to be watered frequently during dry periods.



Hydrangea macrophylla 'Pia' is a compact variety, with smaller leaves, shorter canes and slightly smaller, hot pink flowers.


Hydrangea macrophylla 'Day O'Night' is a very fine plant with variegated foliage and elegant, single flowers that are bright white with a tinge of purple.





Hydrangea paniculata 'Pink Diamond' has white flowers that soon turn a rich russet-pink. The pee-gee hydrangeas bloom late in the season. they are hardier plants than H. macrophylla, and grow into large shrubs or small trees.


Hydrangea paniculata 'Little Lamb' is a more compact plant with smaller flowers that are not supposed to droop.




Hydrangea paniculata 'The Swan' develops the largest flowers of any Pee-gee hydrangea, but it needs to grow in for several years before flowers reach their full size.



'Limelight' is yet another Pee-gee hydrangea. It keeps a chartreuse color for a long time before it too turns white, and later russet-pink.

The flower panicles  are favorites for drying and arrangements.



Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snowflake', an Oakleaf Hydrangea with slightly double flowers, which gives it more volume.


Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) has beautiful flowers in the summer, but the foliage is a favorite of Japanese Beetles and a number of other hungry vegetarians. It is a large growing shrub.

Flowers of 'Lohengrin' have great shape and texture.

Lavender Chiffon - looking a bit pale on the photo, but the flowers really are a beautiful soft lavender-blue.




Helene sets little or no seed and flowers longer than most other varieties.


Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet' (left) is a Virginia Sweetspire with strikingly intense fall foliage. It is hardy along the coast (Zone 5), but not reliably hardy further inland.

A more compact version is 'Little Henry' (below).





Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diabolo'


The new purple-leaved Ninebarks are very useful to take the monotony out of an otherwise all green hedge or screen planting. I especially like to use them among lilacs. Ninebark blooms just a few weeks after the lilacs, and the crisp dark purple foliage adds a great dimension of color to the otherwise boring lilac foliage.


'Diabolo' grows to 10 ft and is dark chocolate purple. 'Summerwine' has a more compact habit, but the color is not as intense. Both have their place in the garden.


Physocarpus opulifolius 'Summerwine'

Ninebark in bloom


Potentilla fruticosa 'Primrose Beauty'

Potentillas look best if regularly pruned.

Potentilla is a useful landscaping shrub with a long bloom season and happy looking yellow, white, orange or pink flowers. The feathery foliage contrast well with bold textured plants, such as hydrangeas and broadleaf evergreens. they are hardy and drought resistant.

'Dakota Sunspot'



Sambucus canadensis 'Adams' was developed for high fruit set. Elderberries turn black and make great jelly and a healthy juice rich in Vitamin C.

Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace' has blackish-purple foliage and is one of my favorites. One daring combination that came to me was pairing it with 'Golden Spirit' Smokebush - looks stunning.


Sambucus nigra 'Laciniata' is a cutleaf form of the European Elderberry. Birds enjoy the berries.

Flower panicle of Cutleaf Elderberry





Weigela 'Wine and Roses' has hot pink flowers and dark chocolate-purple foliage. Useful for its foliage color to break the greens.


The flowers are beautiful and all Weigelas attract Hummingbirds.


More Weigelas are presented in my page about 'Compact Shrubs'





'White Knight' is a good white-flowering variety with crisp green foliage.

Weigela 'Minuet' is more compact and has green foliage that is often tinted with purple.







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