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.
The colorful foliage of coral bells (Heuchera) adds texture and interest to the spring, summer and fall garden — and winter in warm climates. Here, 'Marmalade' is a blend of deep gold and hot pink. Give heucheras moist, well-drained soil, part to full shade in the South. USDA Zones 4 to 9.
When shifting tropical foliage houseplants outdoors for summer, give them a spot with filtered sunlight, like on edge of a porch or beneath nearby trees. Choose self-watering containers like these to hold your plants while they’re on summer vacation, and you won’t spend lots of time watering.
Commonly called 'Star of Persia', Allium christophii has fuchsia to pale lavender flowers and strappy, gray-green foliage. The plants open from late spring to early summer. Let the blooms dry for indoor arrangements.
The glorious fall foliage of full moon maple (Acer shirasawanum) 'Autumn Moon' isn't this tree's only plus. In spring, the new leaves emerge red before turning the tree's summer color of light green tinged with a slight red-orange blush.
This lovely, serene patio dining area creates a private setting, as the flowering trees and greenery surround the space Especially stunning is the pop of color from the foliage, which propels the contemporary white dining suite to sparkle and shine. This design is an acclamation to the blush of spring and summer!
Hardy in USDA zones 9 to 11, Abutilon x hybridum 'Rosea', also called pink flowering maple, is a shrub with graceful, drooping stems. Its pink blooms open in spring and summer, while the foliage stays evergreen in mild winter climates. It's lovely in hanging baskets or other containers.
Kick off summer with a bee balm that won’t run all over your garden. ‘Leading Lady Lilac’ forms a lavender cloud in early summer, with a second flush of flowers extending the show into midsummer. Blossoms beckon bees, butterflies and other pollinators, while minty foliage gives deer the brush off. Plants grow 12 inches tall. Hardy in Zones 4-8. Botanical name: Monarda ‘Leading Lady Lilac’
When the temperatures change, so do the colors of '‘Sweet Mademoiselle’. In hot weather, the flowers are light apricot; when it’s cooler, they become peachy-pink to deep pink. The full, double blooms are sweetly scented, held on 5-foot shrubs with dark green foliage. This hybrid tea blooms from summer to fall.
Short on space? Try ‘Plum Perfect,’ a compact floribunda that bears clusters of plum-colored flowers throughout the summer. The double, ruffled blooms measure just under 3 inches long, and they’re backed by shiny, dark green foliage. The plants grow to 3 feet high, tolerate heat and humidity and are hardy in zones 5-9.
Staged homes are almost always graced with fresh flowers and pricey orchid arrangements, but you can get a similar effect simply by raiding your yard. Budding magnolia clippings or unfurling fern fronds herald the arrival of spring, summer blooms add splashes of cheerful color, blazing fall foliage warms up your decor on chilly autumn days and holly branches heavy with berries look smashing in winter.
This selection of doublefile viburnum earns its name from baseball size blooms that typically appear near the start of baseball season. Flowers begin greenish-white and finish pure white. Leaves add strong interest with a deeply pleated form and strong green hue through summer. Fall lights up the foliage in vivid shades of wine and burgundy. Plants grow 5 to 10 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 5-8. Good to know: Full sun is the key to strongest flowering.
Even though alliums are related to onions and garlic, you probably won’t smell anything unless you crush the plants' leaves. In the fall, give the bulbs a spot with full sun, and plant them 6” deep and 12-14” apart, with the pointed ends facing up. With their long, slender stems and globe-shaped flowers, alliums are great for a cutting garden. Don’t worry if their foliage turns yellow by mid-summer. It’s just going dormant until the bulbs are ready to bloom again.
Few gardeners grow artemisia for its flowers, which are small and not at all showy. But the plants have attractive grayish-green to silvery foliage that's great for dried arrangements. Prune them in late summer to keep them looking neat, and strip the leaves away from the cut ends. Hang them upside down to dry in a well-ventilated, dark place to dry. If you prefer, prune after the flowers appear. Artemisias make a good filler for arrangements, wreaths and swags. In the garden, the plants are stunning beside blue flowers.