There’s nothing like a border of summer flowering shrubs to brighten up these sun saturated days. We often think of spring flowering shrubs but there are good choices for all seasons and here are some of the best shrubs for flowering NOW!
The border near the trolley stop of the Rock & Waterfall Garden is currently at peak bloom with hydrangeas and rose-of-Sharon; two of our most brilliant summer flowering shrubs.
The border contains our best display of Limelight Hydrangeas (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’), which is just now transforming from lime green to white as the flowers mature. Limelight’s flowers are mostly sterile, which gives it that full look but does not provide much for beneficial insects and wildlife like the fertile “lacecap” types. All paniculata hydrangeas are easy to grow in our climate and are very forgiving of bad weather and bad pruning. They bloom on new wood so can be cut back in spring for huge blossom stalks OR they can be allowed to grow into large shrubs; many can even be trained (pruned up) into delightful little trees.
The cultivar ‘Quick Fire’ is an early blooming and fertile lacecap cultivar (in full white bloom back on the solstice) and has already aged to a lovely rosy-pink, soon to deepen to deeper tones
–a quick fire indeed.
The cultivar ‘Unique’ is a spectacular white, fertile variety that attracts many beneficial insects to its pollen and nectar. What a spectacular choice for a white, evening or moon garden! This mass is in the Perennial Garden but it can also be seen in mass on the Island Garden.