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Here are my top ten flowering plants to add color to your late summer garden.
These easy low maintenance shrub and perennials are prolific bloomers and most are drought tolerant as well as increase wildlife in your garden.
1) Lagerstroemia, Crepe Myrtle, is one of the longest blooming trees, lasting 60-120 days in colors ranging from scarlet red to hot fuchsia pinks.
2) Caryopteris easy to grow, low maintenance shrub has delicate blue flower clusters, grows 4 feet tall and is a perennial favorite of birds and butterflies
3) Hydrangea paniculata One of the easiest hydrangeas to grow. ‘Limelight’ is a white flower with a light green hue. In the late summer to fall flowers turn a reddish/ burgundy hue.
4) Buddleia, Butterfly Bush comes in a wide range of color and is deliciously fragrant. Blooms from mid July till first frost
5) Panicum, spp. Switch Grass, adds soft hues of purple and blue foliage to the garden and delicate texture with its seed heads in late summer. Colors morph into warm reds and brilliant gold tones during the fall.
6) Echinacea, Purple Coneflower this long blooming plant with its daisy-like flowers comes in a wide range of colors. Great for perennial borders
7) Rudbeckia, Black Eyed Susan, striking golden color provides long bloom time
8) Agastache, Hyssop is delightfully fragrant with lavender blue flowers. Grows up to 3 feet tall.
9) Sedum varieties, beautiful long lived perennial holds blooms through the fall in colors of rich purples and reds. Low maintenance, drought tolerant and loved by birds and butterflies
10) Japanese Anenome, late summer early fall bloomer with pink or white flowers. Grows 2.5-3 feet tall and is shade tolerant