3 Fab Flowers for Color in Early Summer

June 15th, 2022

Early summer is a waiting game. Our favorite high-impact shrubs aren’t quite in full swing (think panicle hydrangeas, roses of Sharon, or butterfly bushes), but the glory of spring has passed. Every gardener needs something to ogle during this transition and thankfully a few key players step up to deliver that beauty.

Here are three plants that have drawn our eye this week:

Rose – Rosa

This entryway planting of Oso Easy® Urban Legend® roses does two things. It provides a welcoming mass of ever-changing color and stabilizes the hill while it’s at it. The show started in early June and it’ll keep going ’til fall.

Clematis – Clematis

The flowers on ‘Still Waters’ clematis combines two stunning features. Unique color and impressive size. Its icy purple-blue coloring is perfectly displayed on flowers that are almost 4 inches wide! Each bloom lasts up to 7 days.

Sweetshrub – Calycanthus

‘Aphrodite’ sweetshrub is filled with magnolia-like blooms all summer long. If the sheer quantity of blooms and their dramatic burgundy coloring don’t draw you in, the quirky fragrance just might! 


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Kristina Howley

I am all in when it comes to gardening. Almost every part of the experience delights me – new leaves emerging in spring, pollinators buzzing in summer, birds devouring berries in fall, and the somber beauty of seed heads in winter. Thanks to a background in horticulture and gardening my own clay-filled, flowery USDA zone 5b plot, I’ve learned plenty of practical things as well. I like sharing these joys and lessons with my fellow gardeners and soon-to-be gardeners any way I can.


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