Amethyst Kiss Spiderwort Add a kiss of blue to your beds, borders, and containers. Amethyst Kiss is a brand-new spiderwort that features larger flowers in larger clusters -- with bluer flowers -- than other varieties. Amethyst Kiss blooms from May through fall. During the heat of summer, its bright blue flowers may close up in early afternoon. Spiderwort is a reliable bloomer and easy-care perennial. Name: Amethyst Kiss Tradescantia 'Radtrad' Growing Conditions: Full sun to light shade
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Monkshood (Aconitum) blooms in late summer, when most other shade bloomers have finished. This lovely flower is an easy, under-used plant. It grows best in Zones 3-7 and grows up to 6 feet tall. Top Picks: 'Bressingham Spire' offers violet-blue flowers on 3-foot-tall plants; 'Stainless Steel' offers steel-blue flowers on 4-foot-tall plants. Plant it with: Kirengeshoma, a beautiful, but under-used perennial with bold foliage and yellow flowers in late summer.
Make a long-term investment in your garden with peonies. These gorgeous sun lovers will bloom reliably for decades, getting bigger and better every year. The flowers are also delightfully fragrant, making them an ideal choice for fresh-cut bouquets. Although they vary slightly by variety, most peonies bloom in May and June, but even after they flower, their finely cut foliage provides interest in the flower border.