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12 Late-Summer Yard and Garden Upgrades

Vibrant Blooming Plants for a Late Summer Garden By August, most perennial gardens are fading away. But with a little planning, you can tailor your plantings for a strong end-of-summer show Jeanne Huber

Other people collect art, play poker, or spend all day on Facebook. For Joyce, who grew up gardening in Franconia, New Hampshire, and still remembers her gateway plant—and the 10-pound zucchini it yielded for first-grade show-and-tell—few things are as satisfying as watching a patch of earth burst forth. These days she's more into flower than food production and puts in lots of reliable bloomers; last summer she counted 875 daylilies all flowering at once.Shown: A gras...

A Yard Goes From Dirt Patch to Perennial Paradise

A grass path carves its way through 'Becky' Shasta daisies, 'Have Time' daylilies, and 'Goldsturm' black-eyed Susans.

Flowering Shrubs by Season  Bluebeard (Caryopteris selections)  Enlarge Image  close    Add bluebeard (sometimes called blue mist spirea) wherever you want a refreshing punch of blue color in the late summer to early fall landscape. You can find varieties with variegated, golden, or chartreuse foliage, or pink flowers, too. Most grow 3 feet tall and wide. Zones 4-8

Flowering Shrubs by Season

Flowering Shrubs by Season Bluebeard (Caryopteris selections) Enlarge Image close Add bluebeard (sometimes called blue mist spirea) wherever you want a refreshing punch of blue color in the late summer to early fall landscape.

A rustic stone retaining wall edges a bed overflowing with fragrant catmint and salvia. | Photo: Jerry Pavia | thisoldhouse.com

8 Essential Elements for Planning a Cottage Garden

A rustic stone retaining wall edges a bed overflowing with fragrant catmint and salvia

Cottage garden with lots of texture and big blooms!

Plants with multiple petals, such as roses and peonies, are cottage-style favorites, and they have the added benefit of sweet scent. Contrast heights within beds by using spiky classics such as foxgloves and delphiniums. For rose bed in front of house.

Purple flowers are a great way to add interest to your yard or landscape. See some of our favorite purple garden flowers!

70+ Beautiful Purple Flowers (Care & Growing Tips)

campanula garden

Solar Garden border at Great Dixter, a house in Northiam, East Sussex, England - photo by Jonathan Buckley; Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’ with Campanula patula and Erysimum allionii in the Solar garden at Great Dixter

Cottage cuteness...

Reduce Your Turf - A street-side front yard flower garden adds a pocket of color and breaks up a large expanse of front lawn, creating lots of interest in just a small amount of space. Want this house

salvia: Salvia. This one needs to come with a warning label. First, it’s a psychoactive plant. Second, I’ve heard you can’t buy it in all states because it IS a psychoactive plant. But this is the deal, it’s super hardy, grows like a weed (pun not intended), and blooms all summer long. Another downside or perhaps upside, depending on how you look at it, it multiplies like nuts and can easily take over a garden space in no time.

Round Up: 24 of the Best Low Maintenance Plants for Your Garden

This one needs to come with a warning label. First, it’s a psychoactive plant. Second, I’ve heard you can’t buy it in all states because it IS a psychoactive plant. But this is the deal, it’s super hardy, grows like a weed (pun not intende

With their strong stems and beautiful large heads, agapanthus make a structural and graceful addition to any border. Agapanthus 'Navy Blue' has the deepest-blue bells on blue-black stems.

Agapanthus 'Navy Blue' (syn. 'Midnight Star')

Traditional Austin Texas Landscape Design Outdoor Design Ideas, Pictures, Remodel and Decor Purple/green alternating

Install a white fence for curb appeal. A low fence like this is both playful and proper. Dressed with roses and fronted with mounding perennials, it makes a welcome entry from the street or sidewalk. (If we ever put up that white picket fence!

Hollyhocks

Hollyhocks, I grew up with them and love them. If I ever have a little cottage type house, we must grow hollyhocks.

Joseph’s Coat on trellis. This modern climbing rose is an orange blend, 'Joseph's Coat,'  and is a large-flowered natural climber. These resilient flowers prefer full sun with open air circulation, regular moisture and pruning.

Joseph's Coat climbing rose grows up to 10 feet tall and produces large orange, pink, red and white flowers. Joseph's Coat blooms during late spring, summer and early.