It’s hot out. And it’s dry. NEPA has been going days without seeing anymore moisture than the water in the humid air. Your evening ritual probably includes soaking your plants everyday to try and keep the plants from wilting.
This time of year it is tough to enjoy your garden. You may be wondering what actually blooms in July and August. Keep reading and we will give you a bunch of options to make your garden pop with color during the dog days of summer.
Begonias are pretty bloomers that come in varieties for every space, from flower beds to hanging baskets. Pluck flower heads off as the start to fade and your begonias will keep blooming from spring through late summer. The flowers can actually be grown as perennials if you take the extra step. Pick off flowers as they fade. When the plants begin to turn yellow in fall, withhold water. When the tops are completely dry, dig the tubers from the soil, and remove the tops. Dry them in the sun for a few days, then dust the tubers with sulfur powder or another fungicide to prevent rot. Store in paper containers in a cool, dry, dark place until planting time in spring. (DIY Network)
Scarlet sage (Salvia splendens) is a perennial typically grown as an annual. Some varieties like full sun, while others like the shade. Watch where you plant them, and deadhead them when needed and these plants will glow bright all summer long.
A bright, fluffy yellow flower grows atop tall stems and is often called ‘sunray’ or ‘tickseed’. They are very rugged plants and there are nearly 100 varieties with different colors and sizes. Coreopsis grow best in full sun, but will adapt to growing in partial shade as well.
Growing in many vibrant colors, Dahlia’s are a very popular summer bloomers. They can be planted in sunny spots in your garden or added to a container garden. They thrive with lots and lots of water so on weeks like this one, you will want to water them thoroughly.
White flowers cluster like butterflies atop tall spikes on these tall airy plants. Selected forms include ‘Siskiyou Pink’ (to 2 feet tall), with rose-pink flowers and ‘Whirling Butterflies’ (to 3 feet tall), with white flowers. The heaviest blooming occurs in late spring, but expect flushes of flowers to recur throughout the summer and into fall.