SEM Sorbaria. - Colorful new foliage all season! The unique peachy-pink coloring and in fall, the whole plant turns blazing red and orange! 6-10" sprays of foamy white flowers bring butterflies. If you want a thicket of these gorgeous plants, give lots of water and fertilizer. For small spaces, keep it a bit dry and do not fertilize. Cut back to the ground in late winter. Zones 2-9, 3-4' tall and wide, sun/part shade, 4" pot www.springhillnursery.com
**After Japan s rainy season’s humid heat is gone, the scorching sun dries out the ground and the hot summer descends on us. The other day I ducked into the air-conditioned basement food floor of a department store in order to get out of the midsummer heat, which came a bit early this year.
Zebra Grass - Rare and exotic - In midsummer, the foliage develops distinctive golden horizontal bands. In autumn, silvery-white plumes appear and last up to two months. Grows 4-7 ft. tall; spreads 3-5 ft. Use as an eye-catching accent or in a dramatic grouping. Excellent for dried arrangements, too. Hardy and drought tolerant. Zones 4-9.
Pacific Aster (Symphyotrichum chilense) Found in California, Oregon and Washington, this aster blooms anytime from midsummer into fall. It’s fairly adaptable, growing in dry slopes to moist coastal locations and marshes. It grows 1 foot to 3 feet tall and needs a bit of room, because it spreads by rhizomes.
Sunset Begonia - Creates a waterfall of fiery color a knockout in a hanging basket or large pot! It's also one of the few Begonias that thrives not just in shade, but in the heat and sun of summer, blooming its head off from late spring all the way to frost. Very easy to grow, and once its roots are established, it even tolerates a bit of drought. Needs good drainage. Apply a slow-release fertilizer like our advanced Formula Plant Food when you plant it and again in midsummer and water when…
36-42" tall x 24" wide (seed propagated). Orange Globe Mallow is a welcome sight in midsummer when the heat has driven most other flowers out of bloom. Sphaeralcea's long wands of orange flowers resemble miniature hollyhocks. A deep-rooted wildflower native to the western U.S., Orange Globe Mallow is not the least bit picky about its soil and thrives in heavy clay. Cut last year's stems back to ground level each spring for best appearance.