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Weekend Gardener: How to Keep Color in Your Garden

Some advice on plants that will flower throughout the year

Today, our resident garden expert, Laura Stone of has the following hot weather gardening tips for the weekend:

To get color in your garden year round, you should try and find plants that flower at different times of the season. Some plants that provide color in the month of July include Crape Myrtles, Spireas, Hydrangeas, Summersweet, Hypericum, Butterfly Bush, and Golden Rain Tree.
 
Some perennials that provide interest in the month of July include Daylilies, Rudbeckia, Phlox, Veronica, Ligularia, Tickseed, Monarda, Dahlias, Delphinium, Agastache, and Hosta.
 
Spruce up your summer landscape with beautiful color in containers and hanging baskets. Be sure to use potting mix when planting and a water-grabbing polymer such as Soil Moist or Miracle Gro Potting Soil w/ Moisture Control to reduce the frequency of watering.
 
If you have fall mums, stop pinching them by July 16th.
 
Do not prune Azaleas and Rhododendrons after the second week of July for they soon will begin setting their buds for next year's blooms.
 
Happy 4th Weekend Everyone!! Get some Beach Time in :) 

William Waterway July 01, 2012 at 02:02 PM
I was just wondering as to when I should cut back my Rhododendrons - thank you for this information.

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