'Elvira' Red Hot Poker Red hot pokers stand out in the landscape with their thick, strappy foliage and cheery spikes of flowers that are reminiscent of pineapples bedecked in tropical colors. 'Elvira' features bright orange blooms from midsummer to early fall and evergreen foliage. Name: Kniphofia 'Elvira' Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 30 inches tall and 14 inches wide Zones: 6-9 Grow it with: Blanketflower, which soften...

'Double Scoop Orangeberry' Coneflower

Red Hot Poker plant

Veronica Sunny Border Blue The 7-inch, dark blue spikes of this veronica bob atop a plant that grows low enough that you can actually place it at the front of the border. And when was the last time you saw something this vertical placed way up front? Bloom Time: Early summer to late autumn. Height: 18 to 24 inches. Hardiness: To 40 degrees F below zero. Light: Full sun to very light shade.

Red-Hot-Poker plant. Drought resistant and attracts hummingbirds. Saw them in the Chesa-garden. Now I need to find some for my garden.

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It’s dark purple maple-shape leaves make the ‘Midnight Marvel’ Hibiscus stand out in your garden. More must-grow new perennials: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/flowers/perennials/new-perennials/?socsrc=bhgpin072813midnightmarvel=6

All of those empty spaces in your planting beds? Replace your fried flowers with these 25 high heat flowers for hot summer areas.


Russian Sage PEEK-A-BLUE If you love Russian sage but don't like the way large plants flop over, try PEEK-A-BLUE, a shorter version that gr...

LOVE these colors and all so easy to grow!

Cotton Candy Grass - Withstands heat, humidity, poor soil and even drought. Very easy to grow, it reaches a mature height of 3-4 feet tall and gets 3-4 feet wide. Grows in all U.S zones. Want!!

Drought resistant -Russian Sage-We can't help but love Russian sage. One of the toughest plants, it offers fragrant silvery foliage and plumes of violet-purple blooms. Taller varieties are great for the back of the border. Not only is it heat and drought resistant, but deer, rabbits, and most other pests steer clear of it

Liriope An almost indestructible plant! This lovely perennial gracefully fills spots where nothing else will grow. Its large lavender flower spikes rise above the arching, evergreen tufts of grassy foliage in elegant profusion. Excellent for planting under trees or overhangs, or in other shady areas.

Red Hot Cat's Tail (Acalypha hispida)

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Blue fescue One of the most versatile ornamental grasses, blue fescue can be used in many different ways. Plant it at the base of leggy shrubs or tall perennials, such as lilies, to help them blend with the landscape and offset the other plant's flowers or foliage. Plant in masses as a groundcover or in rows as an edging plant. Use as an accent in a rock garden or flower border.

Clustered bellflower produces showy, five-petaled, bell-shaped flowers that come in shades of blue, purple, and pink. They usually bloom for several weeks in summer and make excellent cut flowers, lasting for a week or more in the vase. Zones 3-8 http://www.bhg.com/gardening/flowers/perennials/the-best-perennials-for-cutting/#page=4

Bunchberry little white flowers cover the plants in spring. The real fun comes in autumn, when bright red fruits adorn the petite plants. The leaves also develop festive shades of bronzy-purple. Name: Chamaepericlymenum canadense (also commonly called Cornus canadensis) Growing Conditions: Full shade and well-drained soil Size: To 6 inches tall Zones: 2-7

Romantic Foxglove produces flowers in shades of purple, pink, and white. More plants for cottage gardens: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/design/styles/best-plants-for-cottage-gardens/?socsrc=bhgpin061912#page=8