As any nurseryman can attest, most of the plants purchased in a given year are purchased in a 4-6 week period as soon as frost is no longer expected. We plant our containers and at the same time do most of the planting of new material.
People shopping in May simply miss some of the best plants for the full season. Drift roses are perhaps the most floriferous plant on the premises. But they are not blooming in May. By early June they begin and they are covered in flowers until October, but they are largely ignored by the spring shoppers. Similarly, plants like digiplexis, rudbeckia, echinacea, perovskia, and more are not yet flowering. These are some of the longest blooming most colorful plants for the garden. Summer plant shopping is how we learn them and improve our gardens.
Even the hydrangeas don’t get nearly the same attention they receive as when they are in bloom. The blooms tell people “Get Me for your Garden”! That’s why it helps to schedule trips to the nursery at least monthly. You’ll see things you did not notice before, and some of those are the best plants of all.
So, there are 2 solutions: ask us what will be long blooming and impressive and don’t hesitate to buy a plant out of bloom. And, come back monthly and see all the cool plants for yourself. There is much that can be done in the heat of summer. It is not a problem to plant in July or August, even when hot. The only requirement is to be really diligent with watering. We install landscapes all summer with no problems.
If you have not been to the nursery for a few weeks, come again. If you go summer plant shopping you’ll find a new world of plants has come into bloom and your garden will be the winner.