After the rush of spring blooming shrubs comes to an end, it sometimes seems the list of options for the long, hot summer is limited. However, summer-blooming shrubs offer a diverse group of possibilities. Planted in groups, as stand-alone landscape specimens or in containers, there are beautiful blooms out there, bursting with summer color. In western states, many listed as only growing as far south as Zone 8 or 9 can actually be grown all the way into USDA Zones 10 and 11 (check with a local nursery). Here are a few of our favorites.
Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidaii) Offers a long season of spikey white, purple, lavender, blue and almost red, lightly-fragrant blooms. Compact varieties like ‘Lo & Behold’ series are more manageable.