Make fruity ice cubes for a summer treat that's tasty and refreshing. Simply fill an ice cube tray with water, then drop in raspberries and slices of lemon, lime and orange. Once frozen, the infused cubes are perfect for adding flavor and cooling down a glass of water or fresh-squeezed lemonade.
As the name suggests, this wisteria (Wisteria macrostachya ‘Betty Matthews’) bursts into flower in summer, typically June. This is a variety of a native vine known as Kentucky wisteria, which is not as aggressive as Chinese wisteria. Still, give this vine a strong support. It’s a perfect choice for a pergola over a patio. Plants grow 15 to 20 feet tall. Plant width is variable and really depends on the type of structure that supports the wisteria. Hardy in Zones 4-8.
Why we love it: Dark leaves provide consistent season-long color in planting beds. Cut stems of this shrub are terrific in bouquets. Pretty spring flowers open in pink shades. Look for different sizes of dark-leaf ninebark, including dwarf and miniature versions.
With the simple addition of decor, this lake house family room is ready for the summer. Designer Nancy Snyder and her team put together two looks for the living space: one for summer and one for winter. A glass fish, beach painting and summery throw pillows transform the space into its summer look.
‘Sweet Summer Love’ clematis is the hot weather cousin to sweet autumn clematis, a classic fall bloomer that opens sweetly scented flowers. ‘Sweet Summer Love’ clematis unfurls flowers all summer long—from July through September—that exude a sweet fragrance. On hot humid days, the scent hangs deliciously in the air. Blossoms start a cranberry hue and shift to purple as they age. Best of all, ‘Sweet Summer Love’ won’t invade your garden with unwanted seedlings (like its cousin, sweet autumn clematis). Plants benefit from a hard pruning (cut stems to 6 inches tall) in late winter. Vines grow 10 to 15 feet tall and 6 to 10 feet wide—a great choice for an entry arch or trellis. Hardy in Zones 4-9.
In late summer, the hop vine flowers, forming eye-catching cones. If you’re growing hops for beer-making, the flower cone is what you harvest for brewing. On Summer Shandy, cones are purely for show. Summer Shandy grows in part sun to sun, and it grows fast. Count on it to blanket a support structure by midsummer. In cold zones, cut vines to ground level after frost kills them.
‘Sweet Summer Love’ clematis unfurls flowers all summer long that exude a sweet fragrance. On hot humid days, the scent hangs in the air. Blossom open a cranberry hue and shift to purple as they age. Best of all, ‘Sweet Summer Love’ won’t invade your garden with unwanted seedlings (like its cousin, sweet autumn clematis). Vines grow 10 to 15 feet tall and 6 to 10 feet wide—a great choice for an entry arch or pergola over a patio. Hardy in Zones 4-9.
Hops vine brings beautiful foliage in shades of golden-yellow to the summer garden. Summer Shandy hops (Humulus x ‘Sumner’) is an ornamental variety bred for its good looks (not for making beer). This hops vine isn’t aggressive, as hops tend to be. It’s well-suited to training on a trellis, fence or porch rail in a home garden. Vines grow 5 to 10 feet tall and up to 2 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 5-8. Why we love it: This hops variety is undemanding, easy to grow and adds season-long color to any garden.
Nestled between the main house and the guest house lies a fully equipped summer kitchen, waterfall and infinity edge pool. There's no skimping on the views from every angle of the outdoor living space. It's easy to escape at this mountain retreat.
Summer is all laid-back vibes so set out various mini foods for guests to nibble on instead of hosting a formal sit-down meal. Mini layered BLT salads are the perfect excuse to use ingredients in your own backyard.
The southeastern porch and monumental stairs are covered by a soaring roof, which rises above the site and offers shelter from the rain and summer sun. The guardrails use welded wire mesh, which is both tough and transparent.